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Man City leave league rivals trailing

15 May 2018
Southampton v Manchester City

Premier League champions set record for fewest minutes spent being in losing positions in matches this season

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have swept all before them in an incredible Premier League campaign.

And another record tumbled when they claimed a 1-0 victory over Southampton in the final match of the season on Sunday.

The win meant they ended the season having trailed for only 153 minutes in Premier League matches.

This is the fewest by a side in a single Premier League campaign.

It is 17 minutes lower than the 170 minutes that Arsenal spent in losing positions in 1998/99.

Remarkably, despite so few minutes being behind, the Gunners lost out to Manchester United for the title on the final day. 

Teams with fewest minutes trailing
Team Mins trailing Season
Man City 153 2017/18
Arsenal 170 1998/99
Chelsea 171 2004/05
Man City 176 2011/12
Arsenal 213 2004/05

City spent 240 days at the top of the table in 2017/18. This is 56 days more than the 184 days they spent in total in their previous two title-winning campaigns.

In 2013/14, they led for just 15 days and in 2011/12 they were top for 169 days.

City's total of 240 is the sixth most by a Premier League champion, 34 days fewer than the record of 274, set by Chelsea in 2014/15.

Most days top of the PL
Team Days top Seasons
Chelsea 274 2014/15
Man Utd 262 1993/94
Chelsea 257 2005/06
Man Utd 250 2006/07
Man Utd 241 2000/01
Man City 240 2017/18

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