After a summer of unprecedented spending, and with the world’s leading coach at the helm having had a year to bed in, big things were expected of Manchester City this season. It’s safe to say they have delivered.
The newly-crowned Premier League champions, 17 points clear of second-placed Manchester United with 36 games played and League Cup winners, Pep Guardiola’s men are raising the bar for domestic achievement.
City are also closing in on several Premier League records, such has been their dominance of the English top flight.
The chance of replicating Arsenal’s unbeaten season of 2003/04 has gone following a dramatic 4-3 loss to Liverpool in January, but City could yet set new high marks in several categories.
We’ve taken a look at the records the Citizens are on course to claim, and who those records currently belong to.
Highest Points Tally: 95, Chelsea 2004/05
José Mourinho, now in charge of Manchester United, is playing catch-up to the Red Devils’ cross-city neighbours this season, struggling to keep pace with Guardiola’s side.
But Mourinho knows a thing or two about setting the standard and raising the bar in the Premier League. In his first season at Chelsea manager, back in 2004/05, the Portuguese tactician masterminded a record-breaking title triumph, accumulating 95 points with the Blues.
Chelsea also set a record for the fewest goals conceded in a single season that term, with Petr Čech beaten just 15 times in 38 games, one record City, having conceded 21 so far this season, will not be able to break.
City do have the record points tally within their reach, though. The Manchester side currently have 94 points to their name, with two games left to play, so they need only one win to eclipse the record of 95.
Most Goals Scored: 103, Chelsea 2009/10
If Mourinho’s Chelsea were arguably the Premier League’s most ruthless and efficient side, Carlo Ancelotti’s double-winning Blues side of 2009/10 were an altogether more entertaining winning machine.
Claiming the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his first season at the Stamford Bridge helm didn’t earn the Italian coach too much credit in west London, with the former AC Milan and Juventus boss sacked at the end of his second term.
But before they faded away, Ancelotti’s Chelsea burned brightly, setting a new record for goals scored in a single season, with striker Didier Drogba producing the most prolific form of his career to claim the Golden Boot with 29 goals.
Although they were held to a goalless draw against Huddersfield Town last weekend, City’s tally for the season sits at 102, meaning they have an incredible average of 2.83 goals per game; meet that average in just one of the remaining games and they’ll break the record.
Best Goal Difference: +71, Chelsea 2009/10
Ancelotti’s Chelsea also set a record for the highest goal difference on their way to calming the 2009/10 title, shipping just 32 goals while scoring 103, for a goal difference of +71.
Although their defensive record alone will not break any records this season, City’s have already managed a goal difference of +76. With games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton to come, it’s unlikely this will be brought back down.
Most Wins: 30, Chelsea 2016/17
Yet another record that belongs to Chelsea that City are targeting is the most wins in a single Premier League season, which Antonio Conte‘s champions set last term by, quite remarkably, winning 30 of their 38 matches.
City have already equalled this record with the 4-1 win over West Ham United. In order to break this record, City just need to win one of their two remaining fixtures.
Biggest Title-winning Margin: 18 points, Man Utd 1999/00
If City can widen the gap on United by two more points, the will claim yet another record.
The current greatest title-winning points margin is the Red Devils dominant triumph of 1999/00, when their 91 points was 18 better than Arsenal’s final tally in second.