Guardiola’s five best victories at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola reached his 200th win as Manchester City coach in the 2-1 home victory over West Ham on Saturday.

His trophy-laden spell in Manchester has featured some iconic victories and here we look at five of the best in chronological order.

2-1 vs Southampton, Premier League, November 2017

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Raheem Sterling’s sublime 96th minute winner was vital for Manchester City on their way to Pep Guardiola’s first Premier League title.

This victory felt like a seminal moment in Guardiola’s reign, having previously struggled to grind out victories in close matches.

Its importance was shown by the wild celebrations of both their coach and Benjamin Mendy, who limped down the line after Sterling, just weeks after suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

2-1 vs Liverpool, Premier League, January 2019

Having won the Premier League title by a 19-point margin in 2017/18, Liverpool emerged as City’s main challengers the following season and, by the start of January, the Reds were seven points ahead at the top of the Premier League.

A nail-biting clash at the Etihad saw Leroy Sane drill home the second-half winner for City to reduce the gap to four points.

These three points were decisive, helping City win the Premier League by a single point on the final game of the season.

6-0 vs Watford, FA Cup Final, May 2019

Manchester City put Watford to the sword to win the first domestic treble in the history of English football.

This remarkable achievement, together with the way they dismantled The Hornets, with braces from Gabriel Jesus and Sterling as well as strikes from David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, will certainly live long in the memory.

2-1 vs Real Madrid, Champions League, February 2020

City recorded a famous comeback victory at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with Kevin de Bruyne the architect.

Guardiola's five best victories at Manchester City
Guardiola’s five best victories at Manchester City

This assured performance was unlike that of the City side that had bowed out meekly at the semi-final stage of the Champions League four years previously with a 1-0 defeat against Los Blancos at the Bernabeu.

It showed that City could beat the very best in Europe.

4-1 vs Liverpool, Premier League, February 2020

Following a disappointing end to the 2019/20 season, which led to doubts over whether Guardiola’s spell in Manchester had run its course, their stunning revival this season has silenced all these questions.

Their best performance of the campaign so far came in the 4-1 destruction of 2019/20 champions Liverpool, as starlet Phil Foden announced himself on the world stage with a fine performance and a wonderful strike.

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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