Pep Guardiola has set a new standard for Premier League clubs as he led Manchester City to break the 34-year-old winning streak record in English football.
The 50-year-old Spanish tactician led Manchester City to play Swansea City in the FA Cup fifth round. The match ended 3-1 in favor of Manchester City.
City’s win against Swansea started in the 30th minute of the FA Cup match with Kyle Walker’s strike. In the 47th minute, Raheem Sterling made it two for Manchester City.
Afterward, Gabriel Jesus recorded his goal in the 50th minute for the first time in 6 games. Swansea tried to fight back but the best they were able to get was a 77th-minute goal from Morgan Whittaker.
The 3-1 victory was the 200th win of Pep Guardiola since he became the football manager of Manchester City in 2016. It was also Manchester City’s 15th win in a row in all competitions this season. Besides that, Manchester City are currently enjoying 22 games unbeaten run in all competitions.
Celebrating a double century of City wins under Pep! 🤩— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2021
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But what attracted the attention of football fans the most is the fact that Manchester City are now the first elite club in England to record 15 successive wins in all competitions. The last time a club achieved that was in 1987.
Before Manchester City recorded such a beautiful run, the two English clubs that enjoyed such a run were Preston in 1891-1892 and Arsenal in 1987.
In the case of Pep Guardiola and his boys, they started enjoying their winning streak on December 19, 2021, with a 1-0 Premier League victory at Southampton. They went on to record two straight wins in Carabao Cup, three straight wins in FA Cup, and 10 wins in the Premier League.
In those 15 wins, Manchester City recorded 10 clean sheets, scored 40 goals, and conceded only 5 goals. Their outstanding form has left them on the first spot on the league table with 50 points in 22 games with a game in hand, 5 points above second-placed Manchester United.
Pep Guardiola said: “The records made once will be broken so the record is there for another team to come along and break it but they’ll have to do well so it’s not easy in the modern era to win 15 games in a row. It’s good today, now onto the next one…
“It shows how special these players are… It means a lot, to do what we have done in the wintertime and Christmas time is quite remarkable.
“It is the toughest time, but what is important is the way we are still playing with our consistency. We have an incredible week ahead of us and we will approach it game by game.”