Man City reach 100 points as Jesus strikes late

Yaya happy he’s leaving a City legacy			
				 
   by Dave Filmer 
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Here, AFP Sports looks at what lies ahead for the Premier League's top six.

If City's 100-point achievement was all down to money and a less-than-competitive Premier League, you'd have thought Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini or Manuel Pellegrini might have done it at the Etihad long before Guardiola arrived.

What is it about Manchester City and late goals? "We didn't play flawless for 38 games but most of the time we were so good", Guardiola added. In 2015 Chelsea had won the league under Jose Mourinho with 87 points, only to slump to 50 points the following season.

That's one interpretation of Mauricio Pochettino's post-game press conference following Tottenham Hotspur's season-ending 5-4 victory over Leicester City on Sunday, during which Pochettino all but laid responsibility for the next step in the club's progression at the feet of chairman Daniel Levy. They've also scored the most goals ever in a Premier League season, with 106, and have recorded the most wins in a Premier League season, with 32. Huddersfield Town's were great.

"Now they (Foden, Diaz) are champions".

So how can United and the rest of the chasing pack get closer next season?

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With the biggest turnover in the league, United will be busy in the transfer market again with rumours they could make a move for out of favour Real Madrid star Gareth Bale. Their win at Southampton was their 16th on the road, surpassing the Blues' 2004-05 record of 15.

Marcus Rashford scored his first goal since March for United's victor, whilst Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane both struck twice at Wembley as Tottenham came from 3-1 down to beat Leicester 5-4 and hold off Liverpool to finish third. Clearly, the onus on home sides to open up and attack on their own patch has helped City in this respect.

It will take a truly phenomenal campaign to better what City have achieved this term, but someday it will be done - even if it takes decades.

Gabriel Jesus grabbed the only goal deep in injury time to give Manchester City the win at Southampton, who nevertheless stayed up.

However, in emerging relatively unscathed, Everton gave the green light to others, who meant to build their game plan around extreme caution. "Southampton are a physical team, so many people defending deep".

Pep Guardiola believes Liverpool can launch a challenge for Manchester City's Premier League crown next season and voiced his admiration for Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp.

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