Man City could do something only Man Utd and Chelsea have done before

Can Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City break the jinx of Premier League title defences?

City won the championship last season in stunning fashion, breaking 11 different records along the way.

City were not only the first side to reach 100 points, but they also set the biggest title winning margin, recorded the most wins and scored the most goals along the way.

The Citizens took the Premier League by storm, and their success has unsurprisingly continued this campaign.

City currently sit on top of the league on 41 points with, title contenders, Liverpool just behind in second on 39 points.

Although it’s only December, City are favourites to win the league again – however history tells us defending the Premier League title is no simple task.

It’s now nine seasons in a row the reigning champions have failed to defend the trophy with the last team do it being Manchester United in 2008/09 and Chelsea are the only other club to achieve the feat in the Premier League era.

City defender Nicolas Otamendi believes the busy festive period of December will be key in their quest to defend the title.

He said: “December is very important due to the huge amount of games and it creates a difference on the table.”

“If a team manages to get a big amount of victories and points it increases heavily their chances to be champions at the end of the season.” he added.

December is usually the busiest month of the Premier League with a total of nine matches in 31 days.

City have started the month well, beating Bournemouth and Watford. But with seven more games to come, squad depth and rotation will be vital if City are to go into 2019 on top of the Premier League.

“Our main focus after every game will be to recover well, keeping in mind that we have another one just three or four days later and be in the best shape as possible.” Otamendi said.

“Obviously, the physical effort and the fatigue will be there, but we have to keep paying attention to the small details that make the difference and help to win games.” he added.

The festive period in December last season saw City win every game domestically, including a win away at Old Trafford, and City fans will be hoping for similar fortunes this year.