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Man City 'magnificent' says Guardiola after his team reach 100 points | Match Report

This is the first time in his career Pep Guardiola has won 100 points in a single season as manager



Manager Pep Guardiola praised his "magnificent" players as champions Manchester City ended an incredible season with a record 100 points after victory at Southampton, who secured Premier League survival despite losing.

Substitute Gabriel Jesus struck with virtually the last kick of the game to spark wild celebrations on City's bench at St Mary's.

"Maybe this record will be broken but it will be difficult," said Guardiola after his side finished 19 points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester United.

"What can I say, 100 points! We won 50 points at home and 50 away. It's massive. One hundred points is magnificent."

As well as winning the most points by an English top-flight side in a single campaign, City's 32nd win broke Tottenham's 57-year-old record for victories in a single top-flight season.

"It was such a complicated game. It was so hard. The players suffered. Southampton are a physical team, so many people defending deep," added Guardiola.

Southampton needed a point to be sure of safety, but Swansea's 2-1 home defeat by Stoke meant Saints will play in the top flight for a seventh successive season despite this defeat.




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Record-breaking City end season on a high

Rarely has Guardiola celebrated a goal like he did when substitute Jesus' exquisite 93rd-minute chip crossed the line.

With just seconds remaining of the three minutes of additional time, the Brazil forward latched on to Kevin de Bruyne's excellent floated cross over the top - delivered from deep in his own half - before beating Alex McCarthy after the keeper had rushed off his line.

It was virtually the final touch of a magnificent campaign which saw City end the season with a record 16 away wins and 106 Premier League goals.

Guardiola leapt out of his seat to punch the air while Jesus whipped off his shirt in celebration in front of City's delirious fans.

This was far from vintage City, though. They were frustrated for long spells but, nevertheless, their players were still on the pitch celebrating in front of their travelling fans 20 minutes after the final whistle.

Teenagers Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz were sent on in the closing stages for their fifth league appearances of the season, ensuring they will both receive a title winners' medal.


"They deserve to be champions," said Guardiola.


By BBC Sport
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