English Premier League

Data check: Premier League conquered, Manchester City on course for shattering records

City are on track to have the best domestic season among all European clubs

Manchester City clinched their third Premier League trophy after perennial rivals, Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion.

With a 16-point unassailable lead as of April 16, City equal the top-flight record for earliest title win in Premier League era. What’s remarkable about their season is the complete dominance over nearly all teams in the top division. At one point, City won 18 matches in a row. No small feat in the competitive league.

But it’s truly their points tally that stands above the rest. They need to secure only three more points to make this their most successful season ever, a feat that is a given.

City are firmly sitting with 87 points and need nine more to go past Chelsea’s record tally of 95 set during the 2004-’05 season. With five matches to go, City are well poised to have the best season in the history of the Premier League.

Their record breaking isn’t restricted to English teams. City are also on track to equal Juventus’ 2013-’14 season where the men from Turin reached 102 points at the end of the season. If City win their remaining five matches, they tie Juventus’ tally, a record across all major European leagues (France, Germany, Spain, Italy and England.)

At this stage of the season, only Bayern Munich’s 2012-’13 team were ahead on points. But the Munich team have a 34-match season. Incidentally, this team was taken over by City’s current manager, Pep Guardiola in 2013-’14.

Come the final of day of the season, City’s year could be considered in the same breath as Arsenal’s 2003-’04 team, Chelsea’s 2004-’05 team or Manchester United’s 1998-’99 Treble winners. At same stage of the league, Mourinho’s Chelsea scored 82 points, Sir Alex’s United were at 68 points and Wenger’s Gunners were at 81 points.

Far and way, City’s season is on course to be the most dominant in the Premier league era.

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

What are racers made of?

Grit, strength and oodles of fearlessness.

Sportspersons are known for their superhuman discipline, single-minded determination and the will to overcome all obstacles. Biographies, films and documentaries have brought to the fore the behind-the-scenes reality of the sporting life. Being up at the crack of dawn, training without distraction, facing injuries with a brave face and recovering to fight for victory are scenes commonly associated with sportspersons.

Racers are no different. Behind their daredevilry lies the same history of dedication and discipline. Cornering on a sports bike or revving up sand dunes requires the utmost physical endurance, and racers invest heavily in it. It helps stave off fatigue and maintain alertness and reaction time. It also helps them get the most out of their racecraft - the entirety of a racer’s skill set, to which years of training are dedicated.

Racecraft begins with something as ‘simple’ as sitting on a racing bike; the correct stance is the key to control and manoeuvre the bike. Riding on a track – tarmac or dirt is a great deal different from riding on the streets. A momentary lapse of concentration can throw the rider into a career ending crash.

Physical skill and endurance apart, racers approach a race with the same analytical rigour as a student appearing in an exam. They conduct an extensive study of not just the track, but also everything around it - trees, marshal posts, tyre marks etc. It’s these reference points that help the racer make braking or turning decisions in the frenzy of a high-stakes competition.

The inevitability of a crash is a reality every racer lives with, and seeks to internalise this during their training. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, racers are trained to keep their eyes open to help the brain make crucial decisions to avoid collision with other racers or objects on the track. Racers that meet with accidents can be seen sliding across the track with their heads held up, in a bid to minimise injuries to the head.

But racecraft is, of course, only half the story. Racing as a profession continues to confound many, and racers have been traditionally misunderstood. Why would anyone want to pour their blood, sweat and tears into something so risky? Where do racers get the fearlessness to do laps at mind boggling speed or hurtle down a hill unassisted? What about the impact of high speeds on the body day after day, or the monotony of it all? Most importantly, why do racers race? The video below explores the question.


The video features racing champions from the stable of TVS Racing, the racing arm of TVS Motor Company, which recently completed 35 years of competitive racing in India. TVS Racing has competed in international rallies and races across some of the toughest terrains - Dakar, Desert Storm, India Baja, Merzouga Rally - and in innumerable national championships. Its design and engineering inputs over the years have also influenced TVS Motors’ fleet in India. You can read more about TVS Racing here.

This article has been produced by Scroll Brand Studio on behalf of TVS Racing and not by the Scroll editorial team.