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Pep Guardiola turned Manchester City from Premier League pretenders to conquerors in a single season: The 10 key moments that led to their triumph

  • Signing Ederson from Benfica proved to be an astute piece of transfer business
  • Beating Liverpool 5-0 sent a message to the rest of the Premier League hopefuls
  • Gabriel Jesus' injury was a blessing in disguise as Sergio Aguero stepped up

Manchester City sealed the Premier League title with five games to spare thanks to their rivals United faltering against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday evening.

Having played some dazzling football, Pep Guardiola's men will lift the trophy as worthy champions, but just how has the Spaniard transformed a team that earned a comparatively paltry 78 points last year?

Sportsmail takes a look at the key moments over the course of a season that took Manchester City to the pinnacle of English football. 

Pep Guardiola celebrates after Manchester City seal a last-minute win against Southampton

Pep Guardiola celebrates after Manchester City seal a last-minute win against Southampton

 

Ederson signing: June 8, 2017

Costing £34.7million from Benfica, the keeper quickly looked value for money and has been a key component this year, particularly as the first line of attack.

Ederson cost a world record fee to sign from Benfica but has looked a bargain from the start

Ederson cost a world record fee to sign from Benfica but has looked a bargain from the start

Beating Tottenham on tour: July 29

Only a pre-season friendly but the 3-0 victory was certainly meaningful for Guardiola. It was a day the manager felt his stars truly began to click fully.

Sadio Mane’s red card: September 9

City were already a goal up by the time Liverpool’s Sadio Mane clattered Ederson but his sending off gave Guardiola’s side the chance to really send a message. It finished 5-0.

Manchester City sent a message by beating a 10-man Liverpool by five goals to nil

Manchester City sent a message by beating a 10-man Liverpool by five goals to nil

Win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge: September 30

This was not the result, or Kevin De Bruyne’s sensational winner, but the way in which City strangled Chelsea — the Premier League champions — in their own back yard. It was death by possession.

Beauty in beating Stoke: October 14

Six scorers found the net in beating Stoke 7-2 but the man of the match was De Bruyne, who had a hand in four goals. One breathtaking assist, removing four Stoke players from the game in one arced swoop for Leroy Sane to finish, must surely rank as the pass of the season.

Half-time at Huddersfield: November 26

City were unbeaten in all competitions when they trudged back in at half-time a goal down against Huddersfield. Sergio Aguero soon equalised from the spot, before Sterling fired another late winner.

Sterling yet again: November 29

Games were coming thick and fast but Sterling continued to produce, this time in the sixth minute of stoppage time to sink Southampton 2-1. Guardiola was enraged by Southampton’s negative tactics.

Manchester City beat Southampton 2-1 thanks to a 96th minute goal from Raheem Sterling

Manchester City beat Southampton 2-1 thanks to a 96th minute goal from Raheem Sterling

Jose Mourinho’s white flag: December 10

United’s manager conceded the title was ‘probably over’ after the derby defeat at Old Trafford, with City opening up an 11-point lead. The unseemly tunnel fracas that followed, instigated in part by City’s celebrations, showed just how frustrated United were and how domineering their neighbours felt.

Gabriel Jesus’ injury: December 31

A knee injury saw Gabriel Jesus come off in the goalless draw at Crystal Palace in tears. The result ended City’s 18-match winning streak in the Premier League but it prompted one of Sergio Aguero’s deadliest runs, with 15 goals in 13 matches.

No hangover: January 20, 2018

The 4-3 defeat by Liverpool offered the slightest glimmer of hope for the chasing pack but that diminished days later as City comfortably swept Newcastle aside at the Etihad. City have dropped just two points, away at Burnley, since losing at Anfield on January 14.

Gabriel Jesus went down with a knee injury in December, giving way for Sergio Aguero to shine

Gabriel Jesus went down with a knee injury in December, giving way for Sergio Aguero to shine

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