Manchester City has been crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons following Manchester United’s 2–1 loss to Leicester. Pep Guardiola’s team is 10 points away from United, finishing second, and finished the title with three reserve games.
Leicester City defender Çağlar Söyüncü‘s huge header in the 66th minute ensured that Man City could remove champagne cork for a title party that seemed inevitable for months.
Manchester City were denied a chance to celebrate Premier League win on Sunday, when Chelsea won 2–1 at the Etihad Stadium, while United waited for them with a win at Aston Villa on Sunday. The delay was only temporary, and while City, who also won the League Cup in April, could enjoy a title victory in the end, even sweeter, they overcame the odds in the period.
Guardiola said, “It was a season and not a Premier League title. It was the most difficult. They are very special. Let’s go through this season. Every restriction and difficulty we have faced, and the stability we have is remarkable. It is relentless.”
City’s seventh top three goals title could lead to an even greater victory on 29 May, when they face Chelsea in the first final of the UEFA Champions League.
It was the worst start of the season to Guardiola’s managerial career, leading the Spaniard to a surprise entry that he did not like his team. Coronavirus outbreaks in the team added to Guardiola’s problems in December.
After being handed the lightweight title to Liverpool last season, it looked like City were on the rise for a period of regression. But Guardiola thought of such a resounding recovery that City turned the title race into a procession, leading them to three Premier League matches to Barcelona with three La Liga trophies and three to the Bundesliga in Bayern Munich.
Taking City to the Champions League title in the first finals appearance would be a great way for Guardiola to silence his critics for once.