Man City boss Guardiola breaks another Premier League record with top award

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The Catalan coach has landed a fourth successive Manager of the Month prize, becoming the first man to enjoy such a run in the English top-flight

Pep Guardiola has made more Premier League history, with the Manchester City boss scooping a fourth successive Manager of the Month award.

The Catalan has been a dominant force in the English top-flight this season, with his team sweeping aside all before them.

City have opened up a 15-point lead at the top of the table, with the return of a domestic crown to the Etihad Stadium now considered to be a formality.

The history books have been rewritten as the unbeaten Blues have continued to march relentlessly forward, with Guardiola adding his own name to that roll of that honour after being recognised as the cream of the coaching crop for December.

City said in a statement released on their official website to honour the achievement of their manager: “It is the first time in the history of the monthly award that a manager has won it four successive times.

“Pep also landed the honour in September, October and November as his unbeaten side continue to receive praise from all corners.

“City won seven and drew one of the eight domestic matches last month, with only Crystal Palace holding the Blues in the Premier League while a much-changed City side were beaten by Shakhtar.

“The Blues scored 19 goals in December and bagged four on three different occasions and saw off Spurs, West Ham, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Swansea, Leicester and Manchester United.

“Congratulations to Pep and his backroom staff on yet another award.”

Away from Guardiola’s dominance in the dugout, City have set a new benchmark this season when it comes to winning runs.

Between August 26 and December 27, the Blues did not drop a single point as they secured 18 straight victories – with that run seeing them to the best ever Premier League start, a high of 11 successive triumphs on the road and a sequence of no home defeats throughout 2017.

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Among the other star turns to have seen their efforts in December acknowledged, Bournemouth frontman Jermain Defoe has landed the Goal of the Month award for his stunning strike against Crystal Palace.

Guardiola and Defoe will be hoping for more of the same from their respective sides in crunch clashes this weekend, with City travelling to Anfield to take on Liverpool and Bournemouth welcoming Arsenal to the Vitality Stadium.

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