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Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City

Manchester City celebrate
Manchester City were 2-0 up within 16 minutes at Etihad Stadium

Manager Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's focus is on chasing records after they celebrated being crowned Premier League champions by thrashing Swansea.

Manchester City were given a guard of honour and there were celebrations at full-time in their first match since their third league title in seven seasons was confirmed.

Thousands of fans invaded the pitch as Guardiola's side emphatically ended a run of three successive home defeats.

And Guardiola said "looking for records helps to keep the players focused" as his side prepare for their last four games of the season.

This victory took them to 90 points, five shy of the Premier League record set by Chelsea in 2004-05, and they are also chasing the most number of wins and goals scored in a season.

"The league is won, now it's the records," said Guardiola. "It's never unfinished business in football, you have to keep improving.

"If you think 'OK, we are already champions', we are done and you cannot play like the way we played. If we are improving it will be good for the new season, finishing in a good way."

Raheem Sterling's cut-back set up David Silva's early opener before the winger poked in from six yards to make it two within 16 minutes.

Kevin de Bruyne scored with a sensational 25-yard drive before Bernardo Silva pounced on the rebound of Gabriel Jesus' saved penalty.

The Brazilian eventually found the back of the net when he headed in Yaya Toure's chipped pass.

Swansea are without a win in five league matches and remain four points above the relegation zone with four games to play.

And the Swans must take on fifth-placed Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium next week before hosting relegation-threatened Stoke and Southampton in a tough run-in.

Manchester City can look forward to their penultimate home game of the season against Huddersfield on 6 May, when they will be presented with the Premier League trophy.

Champions' guard of honour and pitch celebrations

Manchester City receive a guard of honour by Swansea
Manchester City were given a guard of honour after winning the title with five games remaining

It was a day of celebrations for Manchester City, who were crowned Premier League champions last week following Manchester United's defeat by West Brom.

Supporters gathered at Etihad Stadium before kick-off to parade replica trophies, fly flags and welcome the champions on arrival.

They also stormed the pitch in numbers to celebrate at full-time - singing, taking pictures and setting off flares to revel in Manchester City's third Premier League title.

And Guardiola's side were applauded by the Swansea players and staff in a guard of honour before kick-off.

Pitch invasion
Fans surrounded Benjamin Mendy after he came on as a late substitute in his first appearance since September

The hosts' performance was worthy of a title-winning side, too.

They cut Swansea's defence apart in the opening stages and passed the ball around with flair and creativity.

It was a display of intent from the champions, and while they can still break Premier League records before the season ends in May, they are also chasing individual and club accolades.

Manchester City have now also broken their own record tally of 89, set in 2011-12, and Guardiola could beat his previous best points tally in a single league season as a manager - 99, with Barcelona in 2009-10.

No team has accrued 100 points or more in a single top-flight campaign, but City would become the first that if they pick up 10 from their remaining four games.

Records Manchester City can still break:

  • Most points (previous record - 95 set by Chelsea in 2004-05)
  • Most wins (previous record - 30 set by Chelsea in 2016-17)
  • Most goals (previous record - 103 set by Chelsea in 2009-10)
  • Biggest title-winning margin (previous record - 18 points set by Manchester United in 1999-00)

Swansea's continuing relegation battle

Swansea's Martin Olsson
Swansea had just one shot on target against Manchester City

Carlos Carvalhal's Swansea have improved dramatically since December, but they still remain in a relegation battle.

They currently sit four points above the drop zone - though they would not have expected to pick up points at the Etihad.

But with four games to go, including a tough match against FA Cup finalists Chelsea to come next week, the Swans cannot yet feel that their survival is guaranteed.

They have lost only four times in their last 14 Premier League matches, though, a record that will give them confidence heading into those crucial games against Stoke and Southampton.

And though there were not too many positives to take from their performance in Manchester, they were simply outclassed by the best side in the country this season.

Alfie Mawson came close with a headed effort in the second half, but there was not too much to get excited about for the Swans and their attentions will have already turned to their remaining four games.

Swansea's remaining Premier League fixtures
28 April - Chelsea (H)
5 May - Bournemouth (A)
8 May - Southampton (H)
13 May - Stoke (H)

'We have to keep improving' - what the managers said

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Guardiola calls for sustained Man City focus

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola told BBC Sport: "It was a happy atmosphere around the stadium, getting off the bus and of course the supporters. The most important thing was a good performance.

"You have to keep improving. We spoke to the players in the week about that. If we are improving it will be good for the new season, finishing in a good way.

"When Swansea had the ball we pressed so good and so intense and then when we had the ball we had to keep it moving, moving, moving, playing simple, until we had the chance to play a final pass.

"Swansea have had good results under Carlos Carvalhal against Arsenal and Liverpool and that's why it was so important to focus, play well and score."

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Blues are from another planet - Carlos Carvalhal

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Sport: "It was a difficult game for us. They had just lost one home game against Manchester United. They are champions; they are a team from another planet.

"We are playing to survive. We lose one game and at this moment we are still four points from the teams behind us.

"This game, we forget it and we move to the next game to try and achieve the points.

"We have recovered nine points in three months, we have four games left. It is in our hands. I hope we can solve the things before the last two games but if we don't, we have the two games at the end I think with the determination and commitment we have we will achieve it."

Man City's season of domination - the best of the stats

  • Manchester City have now won 29 games in the Premier League this season; their most ever in a top-flight league campaign.
  • Their total of 90 points is already more than 16 of the previous 22 champions in a 38-game Premier League season.
  • Manchester City have won each of their seven Premier League games against Swansea at the Etihad, scoring 19 goals and conceding only three in return.
  • This was Swansea's joint-heaviest defeat in the Premier League, and the fifth time they've lost by a five-goal margin (also against Liverpool twice, Chelsea and Spurs).
  • Since winning their first away game under Carlos Carvalhal in the Premier League (2-1 at Watford), Swansea have gone seven away trips without a victory (D4 L3).
  • Raheem Sterling has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season; twice as many as he did in his previous best campaign (9 for Liverpool in 2013/14).
  • David Silva (nine goals, 11 assists) has been directly involved in 20 or more goals in a Premier League season for the first time since 2011-12 (21).
  • Pep Guardiola's side recorded 83% possession and completed 942 passes over the course of 90 minutes; both of which are the most by any side in a Premier League game since 2003/04.
  • Kevin De Bruyne has now scored five goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season; the most of any player.

What's next?

Swansea host Chelsea in their next Premier League match on 28 April (17:30 BST), while Manchester City travel to London to take on West Ham on 29 April (14:15 BST).

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 3Danilo
  • 4Kompany
  • 14Laporte
  • 18DelphSubstituted forMendyat 75'minutes
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forY Touréat 65'minutes
  • 8Gündogan
  • 21Silva
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forFodenat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 2Walker
  • 19Sané
  • 22Mendy
  • 30Otamendi
  • 42Y Touré
  • 47Foden

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 33FernandezSubstituted forBartleyat 67'minutes
  • 6Mawson
  • 16OlssonBooked at 40minsSubstituted forAbrahamat 75'minutes
  • 19A Ayew
  • 24King
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forClucasat 65'minutes
  • 14Carroll
  • 18J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 10Abraham
  • 12Dyer
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 15Routledge
  • 17Clucas
  • 27Bartley
  • 52Roberts
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
54,387

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home83%
Away17%
Shots
Home19
Away4
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 5, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 5, Swansea City 0.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Andy King.

Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 5, Swansea City 0. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a through ball.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by André Ayew (Swansea City).

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Swansea City).

Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross.

Attempt saved. Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Danilo (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt missed. Sam Clucas (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tammy Abraham following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City).

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).

Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Tammy Abraham replaces Martin Olsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Benjamin Mendy replaces Fabian Delph.

Offside, Swansea City. Kyle Naughton tries a through ball, but André Ayew is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Phil Foden replaces Raheem Sterling.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Kyle Bartley replaces Federico Fernández because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Federico Fernández (Swansea City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Yaya Touré replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Sam Clucas replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 4, Swansea City 0. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Manchester City. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Federico Fernández (Swansea City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Swansea City).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Attempt missed. Alfie Mawson (Swansea City) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City34293298257390
2Man Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Leicester341111124947244
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke35611183265-3329
20West Brom35413182954-2525
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