City reach 100 points as Jesus strikes late

May 14, 2018, 05:23
City reach 100 points as Jesus strikes late

The manager of the English Premier League champions, Pep Guardiola, believes Liverpool will be strong challengers as his Manchester City side aim to retain their crown next season.

City missed out on a new record with derby defeat to Manchester United but matched their neighbours' previous mark from 2000-01 by winning the league with five games to go.

Former Stoke boss has guided the Saints to the brink of top-flight safety after taking short-term charge in March, courtesy primarily of Tuesday's crucial 1-0 win over relegation rivals Swansea.

He said: "We will try to win the game".

"A lot of goals, concede few, a lot of points, wins at home, wins away; everything was ideal this season and finished the way we deserved to finish".

Director of football Txiki Begiristain added: "Ederson has shown in his first season at the Club that he has all the attributes needed to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world".

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Cedric Soares of Southampton controls the ball as Fernandinho of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Peter Crouch's header for Stoke in their 2-1 win at Swansea was the 1,000th goal in the Premier League this season. "We knew it was impossible to stay up".

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the final scorer of the Wenger era, sliding in to convert Aaron Ramsey's cross in the 38th minute for the only goal.

"Whether that is managing or not".

"I think (Virgil) van Dijk has helped them a lot to be more consistent in the defensive department, especially in the box, and (there is) the quality up front and the quality in the way they play".

Even adjusting the old two points for a win to the current three, Liverpool, who enjoyed the previous highest tally in 1978-79, would only have amassed 98 points that season - and that was over a 42-game season.

City will celebrate on the streets of Manchester on Monday with an open-top bus parade.

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