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Manchester City: The big numbers behind the Treble

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Manchester City Triumphant Season

Manchester City is now the sixth club from England to have won the European Cup/Champions League.

The number three truly symbolizes Manchester City’s performance this season.

After securing a win against Inter Milan in the Champions League final on Saturday, they accomplished their first continental Treble, becoming the eighth team in Europe and the second in England to achieve this feat, following their neighboring club Manchester United in 1998-99.

By winning this season’s Premier League, they accomplished a trio of titles, a record also held by Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United (twice).

Despite having 115 Premier League charges against them for financial rule breaches – which the club strongly refutes – for the supporters, the statistics that really count are the astonishing ones that stem from their team’s exceptional performance on the field and demonstrate their most successful season to date.

To understand how Pep Guardiola’s team escalated to a new level to conquer Europe and achieve their spectacular Treble, Sport News Center takes a deep dive into the numbers.

The crowning moment for City was their victory that they had been striving for since their 2008 acquisition by the group supported by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Finally, at their 13th attempt, City has a European Cup to their name, and are now the sixth English club to win it after Liverpool (six times), Manchester United (three times), Chelsea, and Nottingham Forest (both twice) and Aston Villa.

Their long journey to this victory was marked by some heartbreaking near misses in recent seasons. City’s debut in continental competition was in the European Cup in 1968-69, the season before they won their first major international trophy – the 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

They joined the European Cup (now renamed the Champions League) in the 2011-12 season and have since consistently been part of it, reaching three quarter-finals, two semi-finals and one final (which they lost 1-0 to Chelsea in 2021) prior to their victorious run in Istanbul.

Entering Saturday’s final as heavy favourites to clinch the trophy, they justified their prediction with a win. They concluded this season’s tournament as the only unbeaten team, with a record of eight victories and five draws from their 13 matches.

Additionally, they outperformed their opponents by 27 goals across these games, scoring 32 times and conceding only five, with their 7-0 thrashing of German club RB Leipzig in the second leg of their last-16 tie being their most decisive victory. No team succeeded in scoring more than one goal against them in a single match.

The only teams to have ever achieved a better goal difference in a Champions League campaign are Bayern Munich in 2019-20 (+35) and Real Madrid in 2013-14 (+31). As expected, both these teams won the competition in those seasons.

In the 60th competitive game of the 2022-23 season for City, they secured their 44th win. The only team to remain unbeaten against City this season was Brentford, who managed to defeat Guardiola’s team in both their Premier League home and away games.

This season, City scored a staggering 150 goals in all competitions, leading any team in Europe’s top five leagues. This is the fourth time an English top-flight team has achieved this record in a single season, with City also responsible for the other three – 156 in 2013-14, 169 in 2018-19, and 150 last season.

Moreover, they also managed to score 100 goals at Etihad Stadium this season, tying the record they set in 2018-19 containing 2528 words.

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5 comments

FootballFanatic87 June 12, 2023 - 5:41 am

Woah, didn’t expect Man City to turn up like that! gr8 performance indeed. City’s back in the game fellas!

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PremierLover21 June 12, 2023 - 5:41 am

A bit suprised here, but looks like Pep’s magic’s still alive and kicking, huh. Defo needed that one, congrats City!

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BlueMoonRising34 June 12, 2023 - 5:41 am

Now that’s what I call a win!! Could have been better with a clean sheet though.

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RedDevil_DieHard June 12, 2023 - 5:41 am

As a United fan, I gotta say that was impressive, City. We’re still gonna beat you next time!

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FootyAnalyst101 June 12, 2023 - 5:41 am

Some real impressive play from the City, showed why they’re champions. But consistency’s the key, ain’t it? gotta keep this up!

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