Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have been breaking records all season. The most recent double records to go were the number of successful passes per game and the individual pass attempts. That last record is held now by Ilkay Gundogan after Sundays game.
The records threaten to continue tumbling, although a lot will have to do what kind of desire City have. By that, I do not mean a desire to win, but more a rotation which may be needed as we progress in the Champions League.
Six of the Premier League records City have a chance of breaking include biggest winning margin and earliest title win. For the first one, the biggest points difference between first and second at the end of the season, currently is held by Manchester United.
In the season following their treble, United ended the season a cool eighteen points ahead of nearest rivals Arsenal. Currently sixteen points of United, and with them still to play, there is a good chance City could take that record.
Ironically, it could be the other record, the earliest title win which hampers that. Manchester City could wrap up the title, results going in City’s favor, before the end of March. I would prefer to see Us claim the title in the Manchester derby, at the Etihad.
That is something which is in the realm of possibility and, if done, would certainly claim the record for earliest title win. Again, that would be another Manchester United record gone. The season after their biggest title win, they wrapped up the title at the earliest point.
In the 2000/01 season, United won the League with five games to go. If City do wrap it up against United, and no more get moved, we will equal that record. If, however, we secure the league away to Everton, then we claim the record for ourselves.
Of course those are the biggest records we could claim. There are other though, and mostly held by Chelsea. The least likely record City could claim would be the most away wins in a season. That record was claimed by the 2004-05 Chelsea side as they win fifteen of their nineteen away games.
Of course we have five away games left having currently won eleven of our fourteen. Winning all five remaining games would, of course, see City take that record. However we do play Tottenham at Wembley in close proximity to the Champions League Quarter Finals.
If rotation was required for one of those games, I am sure I know which result may be sacrificed. And that’s where some of these records will fail to materialise. Lifting trophies and winning titles will certainly be remembered by the fans long after the record falls.
Twenty goals in the last nine games, so a little over two in each, will see City get the most goals in a season. The way the two teams are playing, you wouldn’t bet against us getting half of them away to Stoke on Monday!
Twenty five wins this season also puts City in a good position to eclipse Chelsea’s 30 wins from last season with points tally surely going aswell if that’s achieved. Currently standing at 95 points it means City can equal that with six wins from the final nine games, also a Chelsea record from the 2004-05 season.