Goalkeeper Ederson commits future to champions Man City

Goalkeeper Ederson commits future to champions Man City

Goalkeeper Ederson commits future to champions Man City

Pep Guardiola's magnificent Manchester City side rounded off their superb season today by becoming the first side ever to reach 100 Premier League points after they beat Southampton 1-0 this weekend.

"You expect the best team in England to always go to the end and we ended up losing a game I thought we possibly should have won".

Despite winning just seven matches all season, Southampton's upturn since the arrival of Mark Hughes sees them finish narrowly above Swansea and the Saints can now look forward to top-flight football next season - though there is work to do if they are to avoid the drop next year. I think it's a record that will stay for a long time.

The curtain has come down on another Premier League season. Chelsea won the league last year with 93 points, but could only manage 70 this year.

The title race has been all over bar the shouting for some time now.

The home club presented the Frenchman with a special shirt in celebration and, thankfully, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored to end Arsenal's woeful away run that had left them without a win all year.

The 19-point margin to second-placed Manchester United is also a record, as is the goal difference of plus 79.

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It's natural that champions should not perform quite as well the following season: reversion to the mean is an iron law of sport.

Swansea fans channelled their anger toward chairman Huw Jenkins and the club's American majority shareholders, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, after the team's relegation was confirmed with a loss to a team that started the day in last place.

The Citizens are naturally going to face increased competition next season as they battle to try and defend their Premier League title.

Maybe that's why the only recent champions to buck the trend were the more attack-oriented Manchester City sides of 2013 and 2015. City conceded the fewest goals in the league, 27 in 38 games.

But their game is not all about strangling and picking off the other team, it's much more positive than that. They can get better too. How?

"It's a good club, I'm a professional football manager - I would love the opportunity".

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