EPL 2017-18: Manchester City power past Swansea in search of records

Marching towards second

City scored five goals of outstanding quality through David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus. The league is won, now it's the records. And they have 98 goals and need six more to beat Chelsea's record of 103.

Stoke manager Paul Lambert had targeted three wins from his team's last four games to ensure its 10-year stay in the top flight continued but, with a trip to Liverpool to come next weekend followed by matches against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and Swansea, that now appears hugely unlikely.

In truth, he looked rusty, but that is to be expected of a player who has missed so much of the season.

"The important thing is the performance, we played at a quite similar level this season", Guardiola added. "In football, you always have something to improve, it is never a finished business".

"In my experience you can drop off after the title has been won, so it will be good to finish with a good feeling and prepare for next season in a good mood".

He said: "It is what I handled in Barcelona and Bayern Munich - players started to believe what (they) had done was thanks to me, and that allowed them to play in the future". No one was hurt, there were no ugly scenes, but the club is likely to earn a rap from the FA. "Football is an emotional game". I understand you have to be careful, but when they feel they want to share that they are happy.


Salah is PFA victor: Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was voted the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year by his fellow players in recognition of an exceptional scoring return to the EPL with Liverpool. "People realise that and that's why we are close. I'm not going to tell anybody don't enjoy it".

"You have to keep improving, if you think okay we are already champions, we are done, you can not play like the way we played today", Guardiola told BBC Sport.

Considering the chances created, City could easily have racked up double figures in goals, but settled for five and Guardiola took the opportunity to give some squad players a run-out. They attempted 1,015 in total.

De Bruyne's long-range strike was easily the pick of the goals while Bernardo Silva's was a follow-up after Jesus's penalty had been tipped onto the post by Lukasz Fabianski.

Swansea sit just one place above the relegation zone, but have a four point buffer over Southampton and Stoke.

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