Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Man City boss Pep Guardiola named LMA Manager of the Year

Man City boss Pep Guardiola named LMA Manager of the Year

With all 760 games in the books, it's time to draw a line under the campaign and rank-for the final time-the top performers in each position. "He was a key player for us all of the season", he added.

The Premiership title defence has been nothing short of an enigma, for Manchester United were the last club to successfully defend their championship back in 2008-09 season. We've been updating these rankings on a rolling basis since last August, but this is the final, crystalised cut.

At this stage, United were unbeaten and just two points behind eventual champions Manchester City.

Manchester City were crowned deserving champions after an utterly dominant year, with Pep Guardiola's side becoming the first team to break the 100-point barrier in the Premier League.

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Manager Guardiola said now was not the time for looking ahead to see if they could improve on their league performance next term. If they can carry that momentum into the Premier League next season, Liverpool might be best placed of all the chasing pack to challenge City.

City can become the first team in Premier League history to register 100 points in a single campaign by beating Southampton on Sunday, a feat that would round off a season where Guardiola's men have swept all before them - all, that is, apart from Liverpool. City, with their disdain for the Financial Fair Play regulations, have delved into Sheikh Mansour's deep pockets to assemble a squad of elite, talented footballers in their absolute prime (Manchester City's average age was 27.1 years this season). Although it's probably fair to say that it has been a season full of classy individuals with certain teams relying on their star performers in order to achieve their goals for the season. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. I blame Pep Guardiola for that.

Games between the top six have rarely been more engrossing than this season — the exciting brand of football played by City and Liverpool helps in that regard — but the desperation to stay in the lucrative Premier League has led to a drop in standards elsewhere. They had no competitor for the title this season, with Man Utd the closest to them, ultimately finishing 19 points adrift of their rivals.

"Of course we are going to try it, but I don't think: 'If we don't win the Champions League in the next five years it will be a disaster!' I don't think so".

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