Although Manchester City may not have had the league outcome supporters expected at the beginning of the season, Championship Sunday was filled with positives for the squad.
Manchester City had quite a peculiar season. Throughout the course of the 2019/20 English Premier League, City were superb offensively. The Sky Blues scored a remarkable 102 goals in the EPL alone, and they had a resounding goal differential of +67. As for their defense, the Sky Blues finished with the second-best defensive record for the 2019/20 season, where they conceded only 35 goals (Liverpool had the best defense, who only conceded 33). Finally, Manchester City retained the FA Community Shield and Carabao Cup trophies.
Based on these statistics, one would assume that City would have fared well this season. Surprisingly, this was not the case. Manchester City finished second in the league table, 18-points behind league winners Liverpool. The Sky Blues were also eliminated from the FA Cup after losing to Arsenal in the semi-finals. Manchester City will be disappointed that they did not retain the EPL and FA Cup titles, although they are still in contention for the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League. Manchester City will face Real Madrid in the second leg of the competition’s Round of 16.
Despite these disappointments, some City players had a reason to celebrate on Championship Sunday. Goalkeeper Ederson won the EPL’s 2019/20 Golden Glove award, the trophy given to the EPL goalkeeper who earns the most clean sheets in a single EPL season. Ederson recorded 16 clean sheets this season.
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Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne tied the EPL record for the most assists in a single season. Arsenal’s Thierry Henry set the record during the 2002/03 season, where the Frenchman recorded 20. Following the conclusion of Championship Sunday, De Bruyne also registered 20 assists for a single season, although the Belgian, perhaps jokingly, claimed that he has 22 assists. De Bruyne also won the EPL’s Playmaker of the Season award, the trophy given to the player who records the most assists in a single EPL season. The Belgian also won the award in its inaugural year following the conclusion of the 2017/18 season.
As for goals scored, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling enjoyed their most successful seasons. With their goals against Norwich, Gabriel Jesus has now scored 22 goals in all competitions while Sterling has 30. Both will have a chance to add to their tallies as the Sky Blues approach their Champions League match against Real Madrid on Friday, August 7 in Manchester. The Sky Blues hold a slender 2-1 away win over Los Blancos.
Overall, it has been an odd season for Manchester City, where their season can be defined as inconsistent. Nonetheless, while their domestic campaign has ended, their job is not over. City will have two weeks to prepare for the match against Real Madrid, and it remains to be seen how City will fare in the remaining portion of the 2019/20 Champions League. Will City finally win their first Champions League title?