Man City have won more trophies since 2008 takeover than they had beforehand


Manchester City are collecting major honours like they're going out of fashion.

What Pep Guardiola has managed to achieve at the Etihad Stadium since his 2016 arrival is simply staggering and the 2018-19 season will go down as his magnum opus on English shores.

The Citizens didn't amass as many Premier League points as they did last season, but they still accumulated the second biggest tally in its history and saw off a formidable Liverpool challenge.

Guardiola also led them to a second consecutive Carabao Cup victory, although there were a few nerves when they needed a penalty shootout to defeat Chelsea.

However, there was no such drama during this weekend's FA Cup final, with the Citizens thrashing Watford 6-0 to record one of the biggest victories in the competition's history.

Trophies galore for Man City

Another victory under the Wembley arch saw City become the first men's team in English football to win the domestic treble, and they even won the Community Shield to boot.

Marry that to the Carabao Cup and Premier League wins from last year, as well as the accolades under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, and you have a stunning 11 years.

Of course, a great deal of City's recent success is due to the 2008 takeover of Sheikh Mansour, which saw a huge cash injection in the club.


More trophies since takeover

Despite having played in League One less than a decade previously, the new financial brawn saw City become one of the Premier League's leading contenders.

As a result, the club has now won more major honours since the 2008 takeover than in the 114 years - tracing back to their renaming in 1894 - that came before it.

It goes to show just how much of an impact that Mansour has had on the club and under his leadership, City have become the fifth most successful club in English football.

Check out the full breakdown of City's major honours and how they compare to other clubs:

It's certainly fascinating that the club has been able to win 10 trophies in 9% of the time it took them to win the nine that came before it. That definitely qualifies as a purple patch.

Guardiola has managed to accelerate the process, too, by winning five major honours compared to the two and three garnered by Mancini and Pellegrini respectively.

Of course, the only thing missing from City's burgeoning collection is that evasive Champions League title and even Guardiola himself has struggled to help them in their quest. 

Chelsea v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final

Their semi-final appearance curing Pellegrini's final season remains the closest they've come, while their current boss hasn't been able to progress past the final eight.

Nevertheless, they are hoovering up domestic trophies at such a staggering rate that they could over-take Aston Villa and Chelsea in the trophy rankings sooner rather than later.

They're still miles behind the domestic juggernauts of Manchester United and Liverpool, though.

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