Sport Guardiola 2021: De Bruyne brilliance, last-gasp Sterling and how Man City won the title

21:15  17 may  2018
21:15  17 may  2018 Source:   goal.com

Guardiola 2021: Manchester City making plans for Premier League dynasty

  Guardiola 2021: Manchester City making plans for Premier League dynasty Pep Guardiola has joined a host of his key players in signing an extended contract at Manchester City, but not everyone is tied down.Manchester City sealed a significant coup on Thursday as Pep Guardiola put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with the Premier League champions.

READ MORE: Manchester City win Premier League title as United fall to West Brom. Among countless star turns in Guardiola 's side, Kevin De Bruyne has been the standout. Guardiola 's men arrived at Old Trafford with a handy eight-point lead over neighbours United at the summit.

The general brilliance of Pep Guardiola ’s side domestically this season has meant the destination of the title has long been a formality. — Manchester City (@ ManCity ) 26 August 2017. De Bruyne masterclasses.

Sterling-Cropped: Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling © Provided by Goal Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling

Pep Guardiola's contract extension represents fantastic news for Manchester City fans following the club's record-breaking 2017-18 season.

City confirmed on Thursday that Guardiola had agreed new terms until 2021 - the Catalan adding two years to a deal that had been due to expire at the end of next term.

The brilliance of Guardiola's side in the recently concluded Premier League campaign was clear for all to see, City sealing the title with five games remaining and reaching an unprecedented 100-point tally with victory over Southampton on the final day of the season.

Guardiola wants long Sterling stay with Manchester City

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Manchester City have completed their march to the Premier League title in a blaze of beautiful football and goals under Pep Guardiola . David Jiménez Silva. Kevin De Bruyne . Raheem Sterling . Manchester City .

The general brilliance of Pep Guardiola 's side domestically this season has meant the destination of the title has long been a formality. — Manchester City (@ ManCity ) 26 August 2017. De Bruyne masterclasses.

Here, we look back at some of the key factors behind their dominant triumph.

Sterling's late shows

City were labouring towards a second consecutive draw when Raheem Sterling's deflected strike dolloped past Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to seal a 2-1 win in a breathless finale at the Vitality Stadium in August. There had been little evidence of the imperious form to follow but it was the first of a Premier League record 18-match winning run. England winger Sterling, so often criticised for being a wasteful finisher, became City's clutch player. He had already come off the bench for the 10-man hosts to peg back Everton in the previous game and, when last-gasp wins over Huddersfield Town and Southampton needed grinding out, Sterling stepped forward. A23-goal haulin all competitions - achieved despite some galling, high-profile misses of late - represents the best season of a career flourishing all over again under Guardiola's guidance.

De Bruyne doubts Manchester City points record will ever be beaten

  De Bruyne doubts Manchester City points record will ever be beaten Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne is not sure their record Premier League points tally this season will ever be beaten.Kevin De Bruyne thinks it will be "very difficult" for any team to match Manchester City's record tally of 100 points for a Premier League season.

READ MORE: Manchester City win Premier League title as United fall to West Brom. Among countless star turns in Guardiola 's side, Kevin De Bruyne has been the standout. Guardiola 's men arrived at Old Trafford with a handy eight-point lead over neighbours United at the summit.

The general brilliance of Pep Guardiola 's side domestically this season has meant the destination of the title has long been a formality. He had already come off the bench for the 10- man hosts to peg back Everton in the previous game and, when last - gasp wins over Huddersfield Town and

De Bruyne masterclasses

Among countless star turns in Guardiola's side, Kevin De Bruyne has been the standout. A dutiful cog in the machine during the opening weeks, the Belgium midfielder kicked into gear and City's season duly took flight. A masterful performance against former club Chelsea was crowned by a wonderful winning goal, underlining De Bruyne's intrinsic feel for the big moments in games and seasons. He brought the house down at home to Stoke City next time out – a reverse pass to create Sterling's goal and remarkable assists for Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane in a 7-2 shellacking taking the breath away. It is a level he has maintained with startling regularity.

Key December victories

The notion of anything resembling an actual 'race' for the Premier League title was abandoned long ago due to City's relentless form, but things could have been different back in December. Guardiola's men arrived at Old Trafford with a handy eight-point lead over neighbours United at the summit. A defeat might have prompted a serious challenge from Jose Mourinho's men, but goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi secured a deserved 2-1 win after the visitors controlled the majority of the action. City went on to enjoy a 4-0 win at Swansea City and a scintillating 4-1 victory against Tottenham over the following six days. United then rounded out 2017 with three consecutive draws and the gap was effectively unbridgeable.

De Bruyne doubts Manchester City points record will ever be beaten

  De Bruyne doubts Manchester City points record will ever be beaten The Belgium international is not sure that City's record Premier League points tally this season will ever be surpassedKevin De Bruyne thinks it will be "very difficult" for any team to match Manchester City's record tally of 100 points for a Premier League season.

Manchester City have completed their march to the Premier League title in a blaze of beautiful football and goals under Pep Guardiola . He had already come off the bench for the 10- man hosts to peg back Everton in the previous game and, when last - gasp wins over Huddersfield Town and

Manchester City have completed their march to the Premier League title in a blaze of beautiful football and goals under Pep Guardiola . He had already come off the bench for the 10- man hosts to peg back Everton in the previous game and, when last - gasp wins over Huddersfield Town and

Silva's enduring excellence

Silva sat out the Tottenham game due to a family issue, later confirmed to be complications relating to the premature birth of his son Mateo. The Spain international has since shuttled between Manchester and his family base in Valencia, missing a handful of matches and many more training sessions. Throughout this period of unenviable personal anguish, the diminutive Silva remained a footballing giant on the field for City, adding to his substantial collection of sublime displays and man-of-the-match accolades.

"When I play football I forget about everything else, it is good for me to play," he said after scoring both goals in March's 2-0 win at Stoke. "My private life is very hard for me but my son is fighting and getting better." Silva is probably the finest playmaker ever to grace the Premier League and Guardiola's City would have no chance of looking so picture perfect without him.

Stumbling at the finish line

Having bent most weeks of the season to their will, City picked a terrible time to falter at the beginning of April. Liverpool dispatched them 5-1 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals and United improbably came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium and prevent City from sealing the title in fairytale fashion. Defensive weaknesses were exposed to offer rivals encouragement for next season but it was an unusual slump.

The attacking football City unfurled in the first half against United and the ferocious intensity they hit Liverpool with before the break in the quarter-final second leg bore comparison to any of their best work this season, as did the restorative 3-1 win at Tottenham. Six of the XI that lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool were 24 or under, underlining the sense that the best is yet to come from Guardiola's team.

Sterling opens talks over new deal at City .
Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling has opened talks with the club over a new deal, according to the Guardian. It’s thought that the agreement won’t be in place until after the World Cup, which Sterling is set to play a key role in for England. England are set to name their squad for the tournament on Wednesday and Sterling is nailed on to be named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man selection. The City man joined from Liverpool in 2015 and is currently claimed to be on £170,000 per week, with two years left to run on his existing deal. The new deal is set to make him one of the club’s highest earners, with the wage set to go up by £50,000. Sterling has been in fine form this season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, and the club are keen for him to remain at the Etihad in the long term. City boss Pep Guardiola is keen for the club to keep the player for years to come. “The club, the chairman [Khaldoon al-Mubarak] and myself want him to stay a long time, renew his contract but we are going on holiday in a few days.

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