EPL: Guardiola reveals team that will challenge Man City next season
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 16, 2018,
May 16, 2018, 7:53
Their resolve paid off in the 26th minute when Solanke teed up Salah to score his record-breaking 32nd goal of the season.
Next season undoubtedly has a slew of treats and surprises, such as who will be named successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and whether or not Antonio Conte will get the axe after guiding Chelsea to a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League table.
In the Premier League, from the moment Salah found the net on his debut, he proved nearly impossible to stop.
Wins over Bournemouth and fellow strugglers Swansea City put survival within touching distance and Southampton's top-flight status was confirmed on Sunday despite a last-gasp 1-0 defeat against champions Manchester City.
Now onto the records.
Guardiola's utterly dominant side also set new records for most wins, most away wins, most goals scored, best goal difference and biggest league-winning margin.
"Can we close that gap in one season with a very hard market, an absolutely hard market?"
Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, arguably City's star player of the campaign, was taken aback by the enthusiasm of the thousands of flag-waving fans.
City's 18-game winning run from August to December was the longest ever in the English top flight, pre-dating even the Premier League era.
Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between Manchester City and Basel at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 7, 2018.
City became the first team in English top-flight history to reach 100 points thanks to Gabriel Jesus' injury-time victor on the final day of the season.
The glory came at City, who finished on a record 100 points, with a record 106 goals in the process, storming to the title in Guardiola's second season in charge, extending his phenomenal managerial record. The away side looked on course for victory, leading 5-4 going in to the last five minutes but Jason Holt's sending-off left them vulnerable and Jamie Maclaren completed his hat-trick to rescue a point for Hibs.
Salah then added that his awesome four-goal haul against Watford was probably his favourite game for goals scored.
The Egypt forward lifted the Golden Boot, given to the league's top scorer, to loud cheers after the game. However, Kane had the final say with his 41st of the season to head to the World Cup in fine form.