Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Manchester City 2017-18: Guardiola's masterpiece about more than money

Manchester City 2017-18: Guardiola's masterpiece about more than money

The France global scored two goals - the first time he has done so in the Premier League - in a remarkable second-half recovery from United as they won the Manchester derby 3-2 to deny City a win that would have seen Pep Guardiola's men clinch the title.

Wenger-ball at its most unbeatable against Pep's passing game, the crowds would surely flock to witness this battle of the pass-masters.

Their squad is crammed full of wonderfully potent performers such as Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, yet the Premier League table, which shows them 16 points behind City, does not lie. They are the 10th team in top-flight history to achieve this.

Winning the title by two points from Chelsea, in the Champions League United saw off Barcelona in the semi-finals and, in the final, beat Chelsea on penalties in the Moscow rain.

West Brom had lost eight of their previous nine games and last won on January 13.

With just minutes remaining they get their reward, Robert Pires pouncing on a misplaced backpass to slot past Ederson. Now on 87, they need just nine more points to break Chelsea's Premier League record set during the 2004-05 campaign.

"Maybe also Manchester City will invest heavily and they don't let the others close the gap to them, I don't know".

It's a Raheem Sterling goal which puts the Blues behind, before Gabriel Jesus nets in the second half to finish the game as a contest.

Newcastle's fourth successive win ended Arsenal's unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions.

He also won three Super Cups in each country and will have the chance to compete for next season's Community Shield against this season's eventual FA Cup winners.

Lampard nets his victor in the 32nd minute from the edge of the box (where else?) and Chelsea frustrate City for the rest of the game.

Jose Mourinho has emphasised that Manchester City are deserved champions following his side's 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Despite the efforts of an industrious Wayne Rooney, United are frustrated. "Our City. Premier League Champions 17/18".

After two relatively low-key wins in their first three matches, this stunning demolition of Liverpool served as an early sign that City were a different proposition from the team that struggled to impose themselves the previous season.

Guardiola's magic comes from a mix of relentless work on the training ground and intensive study of his opponents.

Most of their goals this season have come with a flourish, but for once City took a more direct approach.

With that in mind, who would win this hypothetical division?

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