The magnificent feat of Pep Guardiola, who bagged 500 Premier League points for Manchester City in record time, is further proof of the manager’s incredible impact during his five and a half years at the Etihad.
Under Guardiola, City have become synonymous with footballing excellence, blending spectacle and result with devastating efficiency.
The Catalan presided over the most successful period in the club’s history, winning 10 all-competition trophies at domestic level so far.
Over time, Pep has also established himself as a man of records, who will leave an indelible mark on both City and English football, establishing a legacy that will stand the test of time.
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After Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, Pep broke the 500 points mark in just 213 games.
The previous fastest manager to reach the 500-point mark was Jose Mourinho, who achieved the feat in 231 appearances.
Guardiola was also the fastest manager to reach 300 points (125) and 400 points (172) heading into Saturday’s final leg.
An incredible achievement, but just the latest in a series of outstanding feats which have seen Pep and City constantly rewrite the Premier League record books.
Last month Guardiola’s side scored their 500th Premier League goal when Phil Foden found the target in our 7-0 home win over Leeds United.
The City manager achieved the feat in just 207 appearances, the fastest of any Premier League manager, averaging an impressive 2.4 goals per game.
The Catalan thus overtook names like Jurgen Klopp (234), Sir Alex Ferguson (265), Arsène Wenger (271) and José Mourinho (289).
Once again, Pep also set standards by being the fastest manager to see his club register 200 goals (81 games), 300 goals (120 games) and 400 (162 games).
Guardiola is also the fastest Premier League manager to record 150 wins in the competition, reaching that milestone in just 204 games, following City’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in December 2021.
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The City coach thus became the fourth manager in the history of the competition to reach this threshold at a single club, surpassing the record set by José Mourinho (231).
The end of 2021 also saw Guardiola and City establish two other major firsts in English football.
City capped off a memorable year by claiming 36 Premier League victories in the calendar year – another record.
We have thus eclipsed the previous record of 33, set by Bob Paisley’s Liverpool side in 1982.
Along with this success, Guardiola and City took another big step.
We have recorded 19 away wins in the Championship during 2021, more than any other Premier League side in English football history.
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This figure allowed us to surpass the previous record of 17, set by Bill Nicholson’s famous Tottenham team, winners of the double in 1960-61, widely recognized as one of the best this country has ever known.
During the 2021-22 season, Pep also made City history.
Our stunning 1-0 win at Chelsea in September 2021 was Guardiola’s 221st in charge of City, and he overtook Les McDowell as the most successful manager in the club’s history.
The Catalan achieved this feat in just 303 matches in all competitions, a win rate of 72.9%.
Since then, Guardiola has picked up another 18 wins, taking his tally to 239 wins in just 327 matches.
Guardiola’s City are renowned for breaking a number of Premier League records, including in our previous three title campaigns.
In 2017-18, the Cityzens were utterly dominant and the boss got his hands on the trophy for the first time.
Our total of 100 points remains the highest in the history of the competition and the 106 goals we have scored exceed any other team, while our goal difference of +79 is also the best the Premier League has had. known.
We won 16 away games that season, setting another record, and our 19-point advantage over second-placed Manchester United remains the biggest margin of victory.
The 32 wins during the campaign and an 18-game winning streak are also Premier League records, although both of those records are shared with 2019-20 champions Liverpool.
In 2018-19, the title race was on the wire, as we edged the Reds by a point on the final day, with an Etihad record that proved crucial.
Our 18 home wins were the most ever by a team. We have equaled Roberto Mancini’s side from 2011-12, as well as Chelsea (2005-06), United (2010-11), and Liverpool (2019-20).
We also recorded the fewest draws that season (2), another record we share with Tottenham Hotspur (2018-19) and Sheffield United (2020-21).
The records continued to fall as Guardiola won his third Premier League crown last season.
In one of the most demanding campaigns ever, City won 12 consecutive away games between December and May to put their name in the history books again.
In 2021, City set a new Premier League record for the longest winning streak since the start of a calendar year, with 13 league wins achieved between January 3 and March 2 this year.
Those victories formed the centerpiece of a remarkable 21-game winning streak in all competitions between December and March that saw City set another new Premier League record.
City also equaled the Premier League record (19) for the longest run without going behind, achieving the distinction between November 28, 2020 and March 2 this year.
This run of great results also saw Guardiola’s side equal our record of 28 games unbeaten between November 25, 2020 and March 2, 2021, the same number as between April and December 2017.
Guardiola’s men also set an away winning streak record in all competitions for a Premier League side (20), a club and England record for consecutive games unbeaten away (23) and an English record for consecutive away league wins (12) during the season.
Another first was set when we won all nine of our games in January 2021, the most wins by a side in the top four tiers of English football in a single month since the Football League was founded in 1888.
And to further illustrate Pep’s impact, desire and incredible consistency, the City manager also tops the table in four other categories (only counted managers who have taken part in more than 50 Premier League games .)
Best points-per-game ratio (2.35)
Biggest winning percentage (74.2)
Most goals per game (2.45)
Lowest number of goals conceded per game (0.80)
All of this once again demonstrates the impact Pep has had on City and English football.
And knowing the end of success of our coach – and the quality of the workforce of City – it is not crazy to think that he will break even more records!