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Pep Guardiola smashes Jurgen Klopp's Premier League record during Man City vs Leeds
15/12/2021 10:08:00

Pep Guardiola has broken a new Premier League record after seeing his side bring up 500 goals in the competition.

City scored three times in the opening 45 against Leeds United to put them in a commanding position to move four points clear at the top of the table.

They were goals number 34 and 35 for Guardiola’s side as they go in search of their fourth title in six years under the legendary Barcelona boss.

And Phil Foden’s early strike also saw City reach the landmark of 500 goals in just 207 games in charge.

That’s the quickest of any manager in the competition, beating the previous record held by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who reached the milestone in 234 matches.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles in the red half of the city, took 265 games.

Sergio Aguero is the top scoring player under Guardiola, netting 82 in the league before his departure at the end of the last season.

Raheem Sterling is next in the reckoning with 76, with the England international bringing up his own personal milestone against Wolves last time out.

Sterling’s second-half penalty in the 1-0 win saw him reach a century of Premier League strikes with Guardiola full of praise for the forward in the immediate aftermath.

"A great number, at his age - 100 goals is a lot,” Guardiola said. "Raheem has always been an important player but sometimes there are highs and lows for the career. What we want is the best from them.

"I am unfair sometimes because players are performing well and don't play and I don't have an excuse.

“But sometimes when they are performing not well we have to play another one.

"He is scoring goals lately, with this team Raheem has been incredibly important. Here it depends on performing and they have to do it every single game.

“His behaviour and his confidence is really good, he is aggressive in attack."

Guardiola didn’t have to wait long to bring up goals 501 and 502 either with Jack Grealish nodding home a second City goal and Kevin de Bruyne making it three before just after the half-hour mark.

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