"Because the players can do better, the manager as well, in a group, in a team we can do better". "Probably around October-November when we starting winning a lot of games in a row, we realised we had a fantastic team and we thought we could do something special", Silva said.
Liverpool star forward Mohamed Salah broke his own records this season by breaking the record for most goals scored in a single 38-game season (scoring his 32nd against Brighton on the final day), snatching the Golden Boot from previous holder Harry Kane.
City equalled the record with a win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in December but it came to an end after a scoreless draw away to Crystal Palace on New Years Eve.
So this is a good time to try and assess how individual players have performed and we start with the top-3 defenders.
City's magnificent campaign has ended with a record 16 away wins and 106 Premier League goals.
Manchester City players hold the trophy as they attend an event for fans with members of the Manchester City football team following an open-top bus parade through Manchester to celebrate winning the 2018 Premier League title.
Gabriel Jesus's injury-time victor at Southampton took City into territory that was previously uncharted: they became the centurions, the three-digit team, the first to reach triple figures in a season in English top-flight history.
Jesus' dramatic victor was a timely reminder that this City side are no ordinary team. It's massive. 100 points in the Premier League - you can not imagine. When you have sweated blood throughout a victorious campaign, it's exhausting even to contemplate the idea of coming back to do it all over again next season, against opponents who have worked out your tactical tricks. "The atmosphere was unbelievable and I'm always happy to feel that I'm helping the team to win games and points - always happy about that".
Maybe that's why the only recent champions to buck the trend were the more attack-oriented Manchester City sides of 2013 and 2015.
"If he decides to move because he has this offer, I will not say, "You don't have to go".
There had been a slim chance that Chelsea could leapfrog the Merseysiders if they won, Liverpool lost and there was a huge swing in goal difference - but Antonio Conte's side suffered a humiliating loss at Newcastle.
Star man: Wayne Rooney led the way in the goals column (10, all of which we scored before Christmas), but just about every statistical metric available pegged him as one of Everton's worst-rated players this season.
Kevin de Bruyne suspects that 100-point total will never be bettered.
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