Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal last week meant that it’s no longer possible for the Reds to reach 100 points in the ongoing Premier League season. With the Premier League title already secure, Jurgen Klopp’s men were aiming to finish the campaign as the champions with the most points in a particular season.
However, defeat against the Gunners meant that the Merseyside club can reach a maximum of 99 points at best if they win their remaining two league games. Reaching 100 points is, of course, by no means an easy task and only a few clubs have managed to achieve such a feat in Europe’s top five leagues. Here, we have a look at the clubs who have enjoyed 100-point seasons in the past.
Real Madrid 2011-12
Dubbed by the Spanish media as La Liga de Los Récords or The League of the Records, Real Madrid’s 2011-12 campaign under Jose Mourinho was an unforgettable one for Los Blancos. It culminated in them winning their first La Liga crown in four years and reaching 100 points in the league for the season. By the end of the season, their league record was 32 wins, four draws and two losses. Others records that were broken during this campaign were most goals scored (121), best goal difference (+89), most away wins (16) and overall wins. Unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo was Real’s top-scorer with 46 goals.
Wounded by Real’s success in the previous season, Barcelona returned the following campaign more determined to wrestle back their La Liga crown from their arch-rivals. The late Tito Vilanova took over from Pep Guardiola as Barcelona manager at the start of the season and he helped the team to more points than the Catalan club had ever managed in their history. They finished the season with 100 points and boasted a record that read 32 wins, four draws and two losses. Talisman Lionel Messi was their top-scorer with 46 strikes in the league as Barcelona became the first side in Spain’s top division to score in all 38 La Liga matches.
Juventus’ Serie A triumph in 2013-14 was their third consecutive league conquest. However, none of their league wins were as dominant as the 2013-14 season. Under the tutelage of the intense Antonio Conte, they finished the season 17 points ahead of the second-placed AS Roma after accumulating a whopping 102 points, having won 33, drawn three and lost two games. Argentine Carlos Tevez was their top-scorer with 19 goals for him in the league. Besides the Serie A title, the Old Lady also won the Supercoppa Italiana in the 2013-14 season.
Manchester City 2017-18
Manchester City are the most recent club from Europe’s top five leagues to hit the 100-point mark in a season. City, under the guidance of the charismatic Guardiola, won 32 league games, drew four and lost twice over the course of the 2017/18 campaign to finish with 100 points. They finished the season a record 19 points ahead of the second-placed Manchester United and set a number of other Premier League records, including most points (100), most away points (50), most wins (32), most away wins (16), most goals (106), best goal difference (+79) and most consecutive victories (18). They also won the League Cup and Sergio Aguero was their leading goal-scorer with 21 league goals.
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