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‘It’s incredible,’ Guardiola says of City’s 100 points

AFP, SOUTHAMPTON, England

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, center, celebrates scoring against Southampton in their Premier League match at St Mary’s in Southampton, England, on Sunday.

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Pep Guardiola on Sunday saluted his “incredible” Manchester City as the champions became the first English Premier League side to reach 100 points thanks to a 1-0 win at Southampton.

Guardiola’s team have been focused on rewriting the record books since clinching the title almost a month ago and they added one last landmark achievement on the final day of the season.

Gabriel Jesus struck with virtually the last kick at St Mary’s to take City to the century mark in suitably dramatic fashion.

Guardiola’s wild celebration with his backroom staff showed what it meant to the Spaniard for City to achieve yet another astonishing feat.

“It’s incredible, I don’t have words, 100 points,” Guardiola said. “When you win for 100 points it’s something special for the club. I think it’s a record that will stay for a long time. All season we didn’t surrender, we never gave up and tried until the end. It was an amazing finish from Gabriel.”

City’s 100-point haul comes after they set a new Premier League points record by beating Brighton and Hove Albion last week, taking them past the total set by Chelsea in 2004-2005.

They have also scored the most goals in a single Premier League campaign (106), won the most games (32) and amassed the most consecutive victories (18) in a season that has seen them ranked along with the best teams in the history of English soccer.

City finished 19 points clear of second-placed Manchester United — the biggest title-winning margin in the Premier League era — to emphasize the gap between the champions and the chasing pack.

“Numbers are numbers, they are the consequence of the way we played. We didn’t play perfect for 38 games, but most of the time we were so good,” Guardiola said. “We were better than our opponents and the records we broke came from the way we played.”

Fortunately for Southampton, the defeat did not matter in their battle to avoid relegation as Swansea City lost against Stoke City, ensuring Mark Hughes’ side avoided the drop by three points.

Manchester City were due to celebrate their title success with an open-top bus parade through the streets of Manchester yesterday.

Guardiola introduced Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden late on, ensuring both players have registered five appearances to earn a Premier League medal — with Foden becoming the youngest-ever winner at 17 years, 350 days.

The game appeared to heading for a draw, but six years to the day since Sergio Aguero’s last-second title-winning goal for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers, Jesus found space to lift the ball over McCarthy and spark mayhem among the traveling fans.

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