Manchester City are the Champions of England

Manchester City are Premier League champions after Manchester United lost 1-0 at West Brom, confirming their crosstown rivals as title winners of the 2017-18 season.

City could have secured the title last week but blew a two-goal lead in a shock 3-2 defeat to United, but that only served to delay their celebrations by eight days.

Their derby defeat meant Pep Guardiola’s side could not win the title this week without some help from West Brom, but they kept up their end of the bargain with a stylish 3-1 dismantling of Tottenham on Saturday.

It would ultimately be Jay Rodriguez who scored the goal that won City the title, the Albion striker flicking home a 72nd minute header to win a match in which goalkeepers Ben Foster and David De Gea had made a string of crucial saves.

Guardiola’s side fell just a day short of the record for the swiftest title win in history, achieved by Manchester United on April 14, 2001.

However there are several more opportunities for City to carve out a spot in the Premier League record books, starting by beating Chelsea’s best-ever tally of 30 wins in a season. They currently have 28 to their name with five games left to play.

City are also in pursuit of the record number of goals scored – 103 – set by Chelsea in 2010, as well as Chelsea’s record goal difference of +71 set in the same campaign.

Five key Manchester City wins this season

September 5: Man City 5-0 Liverpool
After opening their campaign with three successive wins, City then made a serious statement with this thrashing of one of their chief rivals. Sergio Aguero put them ahead and before Liverpool had Sadio Mane sent off following a collision with Ederson. Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane scored two each as the Reds were torn apart.

September 16: Watford 0-6 Man City
Arguably the performance that pleased the eye most all season, with City at their most fluid and exhilarating. Aguero scored a sublime hat-trick while there were further goals for Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and – from the penalty spot – Raheem Sterling. Within a few more weeks they had also thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 and routed Stoke 7-2.

November 29: Man City 2-1 Southampton
Having seen some of their rivals cut open by City in the early part of the season, teams began to adopt more defensive mindsets against them in the late autumn. It was a difficult spell, but ultimately City still prevailed, grinding out victories over Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham. The victory over Saints seemed psychologically critical, coming with a stunning Sterling winner deep into added time that sparked jubilant scenes.

December 10: Man Utd 1-2 Man City
The headlines may have been dominated by a post-match fracas outside the dressing room, but City took a decisive step towards the title by beating their rivals at Old Trafford to establish an 11-point lead at the top. David Silva and Otamendi capitalised on defensive mistakes to secure victory for dominant City either side of a Marcus Rashford strike.

December 16: Man City 4-1 Tottenham
De Bruyne produced an inspired display as City again showed their class by hammering Spurs. The Belgian got on the scoresheet after Ilkay Gundogan netted first while Sterling grabbed two more after Jesus missed a penalty.

March 2: Arsenal 0-3 Man City
The title race became a procession as Arsenal, for the second time in four days after losing the Carabao Cup final, allowed City to coast to victory at the Emirates Stadium. Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Sane were on target as sublime City effectively got the job done inside 33 minutes.


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