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Ranking Man City’s incredible goalscoring record in every season under Pep Guardiola

Manchester City’s pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple continued in midweek as the club breezed into the Champions League quarter-finals, a 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach ensuring a comprehensive aggregate success.

Pep Guardiola’s side are currently 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League and remain in contention for both the FA Cup and League Cup, facing Spurs in the final of the latter competition next month.

The club’s win over Monchengladbach also saw Man City reach a goalscoring landmark as they reached 100 goals for the season in all competitions, a milestone the club have incredibly achieved in each season since Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad.

Following their latest century, we rank the highest-scoring seasons of Guardiola’s reign:

5. 2020/21 – 101 goals*

Guardiola’s side moved past 100 goals for the season with their 2-0 win over Monchengladbach on Tuesday, having enjoyed a superb season to date to remain in hunt of all four major trophies.

City are the highest-scoring side in the Premier League this season on 64 goals, a record which has helped the club establish a huge lead over nearest challengers Manchester United as they seek a third title in just four seasons.

The league leaders have score 4+ goals on six occasions in the league this season – including a 4-1 thrashing of defending champions Liverpool at Anfield – whilst a goalless draw with Porto is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record in cup and continental competition.

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Ilkay Gundogan leads the way in terms of goalscorers following a career-best campaign, the Germany international having netted 15 times across all competitions.

4. 2016/17 – 122 goals

The lowest scoring full season of Guardiola’s reign came during his debut campaign in English football, a season which saw City finish a distant third in the Premier League.

Guardiola’s side scored 122 goals from 56 games in all competitions, with the club suffering an early exit in the League Cup and crashing out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

That European campaign did deliver plenty of goals however, including a thrilling 3-3 draw with Celtic in the group stage and emphatic wins over Borussia Monchengladbach and Barcelona, alongside a 6-6 aggregate exit on away goals to Monaco.

City also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing 2-1 to Arsenal after extra time.

3. 2017/18 – 143 goals

Manchester City wrote themselves into the history books during an unforgettable 2017/18 season, becoming the first team in top-flight history to reach 100 points in a single campaign.

Guardiola’s ‘centurions’ broke a host of divisional records including most goals (106), most wins (32) and biggest winning margin (19 points), whilst the club also found success in the League Cup – beating Arsenal 3-0 in the Wembley final.

Despite their domestic dominance, City failed to make an impact in Europe and exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Liverpool, whilst their FA Cup run was ended in shock fashion with a 1-0 loss at Wigan in the fifth round.

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Sergio Aguero finished as the club’s leading scorer on 30 goals in all competitions, with Raheem Sterling (23) and Gabriel Jesus (17) notable contributors to a total of 143 goals in 57 games.

2. 2019/20 – 149 goals

Last season saw Manchester City relinquish the Premier League title they had won each of the past two campaigns, though it was defensive shortcomings that proved their Achilles’ heel with attack still very much a position of strength.

Guardiola’s side plundered 149 goals in 59 games including a huge 102 in the league, their form following the Premier League’s restart in June particularly prolific.

City racked up a 31 goals in their final nine fixtures of the campaign, including 5-0 thrashings of Burnley, Newcastle, Brighton and Norwich, alongside a 4-0 thumping of newly-crowned champions Liverpool.

Hopes of winning a maiden Champions League were ended in the last eight by Lyon, though the League Cup was retained for a third consecutive campaign after beating Aston Villa at Wembley.

1. 2018/19 – 169 goals

The highest-scoring season of Guardiola’s tenure at Manchester City came in 2018/19, a season which saw the club make unprecedented history by winning English football’s first ever domestic treble.

City scored 95 league goals as they retained the Premier League title by just a single point from Liverpool, winning their final 14 fixtures of the season in succession including a 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea at the Etihad.

The club’s dominance of the League Cup continued after beating Chelsea on penalties at Wembley, the semi-final first leg delivering City’s biggest win since 1987 as Burton were thrashed 9-0, Gabriel Jesus scoring four times in a rout of the League One side.

Memorable victories also saw seven put past both Rotherham in the FA Cup and Schalke in the Champions League, whilst the FA Cup was claimed in record-breaking fashion after beating Watford 6-0 in the showpiece – becoming the first team since 1903 to score six times in an FA Cup final.

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City finished the season with 169 goals from 61 games, a figure that will be difficult to beat even for the current quadruple-chasing side.


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