Sunday, 15 April 2018

Manchester City crowned English Premier League champions

Manchester City have won the English
Premier League title without even
playing on Sunday after nearest
challenger Manchester United were
shocked 1-0 loss at home to bottom-
placed West Bromwich Albion.
After all their efforts to stop City from
clinching the league in their 3-2 derby
win last week, United offered a clear
reminder of why they have not been
close contenders for the title this year,
with an abject display lacking in
creativity.
Their fans, who had celebrated the
comeback victory at the Etihad last
week, booed Jose Mourinho's side off
the field after they lost to a team who
had not won since January.
It was City's third title in seven
seasons and easily its most convincing,
with Pep Guardiola's team 16 points
clear and still having five games to
play this season.

City's other two Premier League
triumphs, in 2012 and 2014, were
sealed on the final day.
"We've won you the league,
Manchester City, we've won you the
league," sang West Brom's fans near
the end of the game.
'Our time. Our City'
"Our Time. Our City. Premier League
Champions 17/18," City tweeted soon
after the final whistle when the fifth
English top-flight title of its history
was assured.
An 18-match winning run from late
August to late December laid City's
platform for the runaway title victory,
and it was only a matter of when it
would be clinched.
The 2012 title win had the infamous
last-gasp goal by Sergio Aguero. Six
years later, the finale was much more
underwhelming, with Rodriguez
nodding in from a corner to silence
the majority of Old Trafford and set up
one of the most surprising wins of the
season.
United manager Mourinho had long
given up hopes of winning the title,
instead focusing on finishing second.
This result left his team one point clear
of third-placed Liverpool, with a game
in hand.
As for City, it has a month to finish a
season with the most points, goals and
wins in a single Premier League
campaign.

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