Manchester Metropolis start a brand new Premier League marketing campaign on Monday after they head to Molineux to tackle a Wolves crew which have all the time troubled them throughout Pep Guardiola’s time in cost.
After a disappointing yr, the Blues want to reassert themselves as the most effective aspect in English soccer and can as soon as once more use the league as the final word yardstick of that.
Guardiola’s aspect set a slew of information between 2017 and 2019 on prime of turning into the primary crew in a decade to win back-to-back titles, whereas the membership additionally held a number of from earlier eras. Liverpool broke a few of these on their approach to the title final yr, though in the end far fewer than they had been on target to do.
It looks like it’ll take an additional effort to interrupt information this season given the disruption precipitated during the last six months however the Blues will begin on Monday with a clear slate.
Metropolis did not break many information throughout final season given their inconsistency that led to them ending the season 18 factors off the tempo, however their goalscoring did see them tick yet another achievement off the record.
The Blues noticed Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, and Riyad Mahrez all rating no less than 10 objectives. That noticed them turn out to be the primary crew since Everton in 1985 to have 5 gamers hit double figures, and clearly the primary within the historical past of the Premier League.
Liverpool’s poor finish to the final season implies that numerous information that had been anticipated to tumble did not. Metropolis can nonetheless declare to have probably the most factors (100), most wins (32), most residence wins (18), most away wins (16) most consecutive wins (18) and consecutive away wins (11), in addition to the most important title-winning margin (19). Some these are shared and others are held collectively.
Guardiola’s aspect additionally nonetheless boast probably the most objectives (107), greatest objective distinction (+79) and fewest attracts (2) and residential attracts (0) in a marketing campaign whereas going additional again in time there are a clutch of different honours wished and undesirable.
Roberto Mancini’s aspect have the smallest title-winning margin (+eight objective distinction) and fewest residence defeats (0) in a season whereas Metropolis have additionally had probably the most attracts in a season (18 within the 42-game 1993/94 season) and probably the most consecutive attracts (7 in 2009/10) in addition to the fewest objectives scored at residence (10).
If Metropolis had been to win again the one report they misplaced final season, they will be unable to do it for a very long time. Jurgen Klopp’s aspect continued their excellent report at Anfield final season to take them to 24 consecutive wins racked up between February 2019 and July 2020, cruising previous the 20 set by Mancini’s Blues between 2011 and 2012.
To face an opportunity of doing that, Guardiola’s aspect must win all 19 video games this season on the Etihad – which might itself set a brand new report – after which the primary six of the 2021/22 marketing campaign.