Man City soak up fans' adulation in victory parade

Man City soak up fans' adulation in victory parade

Gabriel Jesus' late goal at Southampton saw City finished the season in style on the road, securing their place in the history books. We didn't play 38 games perfectly, but a lot of them we were so good, and most of the time we were better than our opponents.

A big summer now arrives for the Saints with a permanent managerial appointment, player outgoings and signings all sure to be witnessed before August. I think that is the next step we will see.

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Of the teams that finished eighth to 20th, nine changed managers during the season and nearly all of them were in the relegation zone or hovered around it at some point. He has signed a two-year contract with the French champion starting in July.

Guardiola had earlier been named Premier League manager of the year at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, just 24 hours after celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester.

In thrashing Swansea 5-0 last month, Manchester City became the first team to attempt over 1,000 passes in a game since Opta started recording that data in 2003-04. They are the first ever team in the Premier League to reach the centurion mark in one season.

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With his current deal expiring now that the league season has come to an end, Hughes has discussed his future - admitting he would love to stay on at St Mary's.

Perhaps the club most attuned to the riddle that the Premiership title defence is, has been Chelsea, who held the record for most points (95 points in 2004-05) and most wins (30 wins in 2016-17) before Manchester City shattered the records.

In his place, though, is another capable goalkeeper who could be going to the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next month. Jack Butland may have been relegated with Stoke City, but he was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

"We need more consistency to challenge and a little bit more luck with injuries", said Klopp on Sunday.

Pressed on where he intends to add, Guardiola said: "Maybe in front, but I don't know".

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