Manchester City are the fifth time champions in the Premier League in 10 season – to assert their position as the dominant team in English football. Citizens obtained the third Premier League title under the coaching of Pep Guardiola. The third league title of Guardiola’s reign was anything but a conclusion in the first months of the season. City faltered in the first weeks of the campaign, but found its way in mid-December and moved away from the chasing package to end the title with three reserve games. Read on to know Manchester City story to Premier League Championship.
After being beaten 5–2 by Leicester in their first home league game of the season, it was hard to imagine City would have the best defensive record in the Premier League so far. However, within 48 hours of Foxes fleeing Etihad, Ruben Dias reached for £ 62 million ($ 86 million) to end Guardiola’s defensive troubles. Portugal’s central defender not only blended his physical prowess and balance of the ball, but also brought out the best in a revival John Stones because they have formed a solid partnership.
In 10 Premier League games that began simultaneously between December and February, City scored just two goals with no results and scored a maximum of 30 points to gain control of the title race. When Guardiola was coach, Catalan returned to the drawing board with his staff calling a crisis meeting between the captain Fernandinho. This was followed by a 21-game winning run, which not only took a big advantage in the title race but also put Manchester City on the track for the triple.
City’s last 2020 game at Everton was postponed a few hours before the start, due to an outbreak of coronavirus among the team that closed the club’s training ground. Less than a week later, the people of Guardiola traveled to Chelsea with only 15 senior players available due to positive cases. Despite the adversity, City performed best up to that moment, surpassing the Blues with three goals in the first 34 minutes.
City not only ended the 18-year wait for a league victory at Liverpool but also went on to win 4–1 with loud noise thanks to a superb attacking play by the Reds’ goalkeeper and a combination of two big errors.
Liverpool has surrendered Manchester United just like other competitors who shut down City, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men felt the pressure as they became title contenders.
A 2–1 win over Fulham on 20 January led the Red Devils to the top of the table, though City had a double-digit deficit in their hands. In the next match in the United League, Sheffield United won at Old Trafford, launching a two-game winning streak in eight games, ending any realistic expectation that Solskjaer would have waited eight years to win the title.