Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after shock United defeat

Clyde Nash
April 16, 2018

Eyebrows were raised a year ago when Manchester City spent nearly £140 million pounds (US$197 million, RM775 million) on two full backs and a goalkeeper, but manager Pep Guardiola showed he knew exactly what was needed to capture the Premier League title in style.

While City's eye-catching style of play has had the purists purring, Pep Guardiola's men also have a ruthless side that has served them well in their toughest tests.

"Will I hear the scores?"

But West Brom are bottom of the table and few give them a chance of upsetting United.

For now, City is 16 points in front of United with five games to go after impressively inflicting fourth-place Tottenham's second home loss of the season.

"Manchester City, we won it for you" chanted West Brom fans at full-time as United supporters began jeering in frustration at their side gift-wrapping the title for City.

"To make 18 wins in a row you have to be mentally strong and [against Tottenham] they again showed me how strong they are and this is important to help build up this club a little bit higher", he told a news conference after their 3-1 victory over Spurs. I'm sorry, it's much more important what these guys have done this season.

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Yet, even if City's season has already been a majestic success, what with a League Cup triumph and winning the Premier League with a record-equalling five matches to spare, a better measure will only come by the end of next season.

"The Champions League is seven knockout games". Third-placed Liverpool have 70 points from 34 games.

"He missed two clear, clear chances against United".

Burnley's unlikely pursuit of a Europa League spot continued with a 2-1 victory over Leicester thanks to goals from Chris Wood and Kevin Long.

The Premier League announced on Friday that clubs had voted against implementing VAR next season, instead outlining the need to continue advanced testing. Promotion was secured from the League Championship after Fulham drew with Brentford.

Jesus struck in the 22nd minute when he raced onto Vincent Kompany's 60-yard ball and fired home.

Gundogan netted three minutes later from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rashly tackled Sterling on the edge of the area.

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He won both La Liga, with Barcelona, and the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich three years in succession, changing attitudes in both the Spanish and German game with the sort of possession-based pass mastery at pace that some believed would be stifled in England.

"But in general we were so stable". "We are in the top four".

'We have to try, ' said Guardiola.

The pinnacle of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal reign remains the "Invincibles" - only the second team to go through an English top-flight season without losing a single game after Preston's unbeaten feat in 1889.

The Egypt forward headed in the landmark goal either of strikes from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on a day when the attacking might of Liverpool's pacey front-three was felt by Bournemouth.

It's no surprise that Sterling has had the most prolific season of his career, scoring 22 goals in all competitions so far.

Only time will tell how good this City team is, and whether they are the best we have ever seen in the Premier League, but one thing that can not be denied is that they are the best we have right now - and by some distance. City lost just two of its last 24 games in all competitions from the middle of January previous year, providing momentum to take into the 2017-18 campaign.

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"The first one was special but this one is perhaps the one I'm most proud of".

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