Man City win title after Man Utd defeat

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    City titleManchester City have won a fifth Premier League title in nine years

    Manchester City have won a third Premier League title in four years after closest challengers Manchester United were beaten by Leicester City.

    Pep Guardiola's side are now 10 points ahead of second-placed United, who have just three games remaining.

    It is the seventh time City have finished top of the English football pyramid and the fifth in nine years.

    "This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other," said Guardiola.

    "This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players.

    "They are so special. To come through this season, with all the restrictions and difficulties we've faced – and show the consistency we have is remarkable. It is relentless.

    "Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.

    "I have been in Spain, I have been in Germany and I can say this is the toughest league, I would say by far. So it means a lot to everyone."

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    Manager Guardiola, 50, has now won eight domestic trophies since arriving in Manchester in 2016.

    City had the chance to wrap up the title themselves on Saturday, but suffered a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea at Etihad Stadium.

    However, Leicester completed the job for them with a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

    It is the sixth time the Premier League title was decided at Old Trafford – the most of any venue, and three of which have been for other sides.

    It is City's second trophy in a little over two weeks after they beat Tottenham to claim the Carabao Cup and they are also in their first Champions League final after beating Paris St-Germain in midweek.

    Since being taken over by the Abu Dhabi Group in September 2008, City have won 12 cups and this is the third time they have clinched a league and EFL Cup double.

    They are set to lift the Premier League trophy after their final game of the season against Everton on 23 May.

    Up to 10,000 fans will be present inside the stadium after the latest lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England.

    Manchester City win the title

    How City won the title

    Guardiola's side finished 18 points behind Liverpool last season, and after losing another key player from recent success in David Silva, Guardiola needed to act.

    But City did not have the most auspicious start to the season, slumping to a 5-2 defeat in their opening home game to Leicester City.

    Just a day later, Guardiola moved to fix the problem – and the signing of Ruben Dias changed the course of the season.

    Dias brought the composure, leadership and stability that had been lacking since Vincent Kompany left and his partnership with the reborn John Stones established City as the league's most miserly team.

    Even so, when Tottenham beat City on 21 November to go top of a seemingly unpredictable division, City were 11th and eight points off the pace, and it looked as though this might not be their year again.

    But though doubts arose and questions were asked about the Spaniard's future, City quickly shut them up.

    They went on to win 22 of their next 27 matches, including a 15-game winning run and a record-equalling 11 successive away league victories.

    At Anfield in February, where they had not won in the league since 2003, City bullied and dominated the defending champions, with Phil Foden brilliant in a crushing 4-1 victory.

    Stones and Dias' partnership at the back was key, conceding just three goals in the 15 games after that Spurs defeat, while Ilkay Gundogan has been the star at the opposite end of the pitch, his 12 goals so far leading City's goalscorers.

    The chasing pack did not have enough to rein them in and the title returns to the blue half of Manchester.

    City captain Fernandinho said leading the team was "an honour and a privilege".

    "I am so proud and so happy with what we have achieved," he said. "The Premier League is the hardest league in world football – every single match is tough. To win it again means the world to me and the rest of the squad.

    He added: "Football is everything to us and we strive every single day to be as good as we can be in the hope we can bring success to Manchester City.

    "Winning the Premier League is the ultimate fulfilment of our ambitions. It's what we all dreamed of as young players, so to do it is a wonderful feeling.

    "We have missed the fans so much. We wanted to do this for them.

    "We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too. Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to bring the Champions League home this season."

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    Former City midfielder Michael Brown, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live: "City have been convincing all the way through the season.

    "They've been relentless in all competitions and have been an absolute pleasure to watch. They have shown attacking flair but that brilliant back four too. To be within touching distance of four trophies has been just fantastic.

    "Pep Guardiola has found a team he can rely on and a total team performance. They fully deserve the Premier League trophy.

    "You can only imagine people's phones are going to melt trying to get tickets to see the trophy lift."

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    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speaking to BBC Sport: "We have pushed Manchester City all the way, until 10-12 days left in the season and it is a very good achievement because they are a very good team.

    "They are very worthy champions. I have to say congratulations because they have played some fantastic stuff this season."

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    Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to BBC Sport: "They are the benchmark. They have been outstanding. Brilliant players, incredible manager and they thoroughly deserve the title."

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    • B

      Comment posted by BedrockHastings, at 19:58 11 May

      Whichever team you support you have to say they were the best team this season. Congrats City.44047

      • K

        Reply posted by KLOPP OUT, at 20:19 11 May

        "Whichever team you support you have to say they were the best team this season. Congrats City."KLOPP OUT replied: Great manager. Lucky for some.3150

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      Comment posted by harrydash, at 19:57 11 May

      Never mind about City well done Leicester. Onward to the Champions league.41879

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        Reply posted by My latest post, at 20:02 11 May

        "Never mind about City well done Leicester. Onward to the Champions league."My latest post replied: I second that9634

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      Comment posted by woodfromthetrees, at 19:58 11 May

      congrats city,great team ,great manager 100% deserved,from an lfc fan28148

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        Reply posted by thwobble, at 20:05 11 May

        "congrats city,great team ,great manager 100% deserved,from an lfc fan"thwobble replied: As another LFC fan, well said…14033

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      Comment posted by VARIsTrash, at 19:57 11 May

      Congrats City, well deserved and funny how its their rivals who hand them it27858

      • S

        Reply posted by Shaky Shearers, at 20:00 11 May

        "Congrats City, well deserved and funny how its their rivals who hand them it"Shaky Shearers replied: The Premier League gave City their win with the fixture list.
        Funny right?71364

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      Comment posted by Al1984, at 20:00 11 May

      Of course the big headline is that City win the title. But can we stop talking about that for a second and give praise to Leicester for virtually claiming their place in the champions league next season. City were always gonna win the title win the lead they had, but what Brendan Rogers has done at LCFC is incredible. Well done Leicester, deserved victory tonight and good luck in the Fa cup!21222

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        Reply posted by Dad, at 20:42 11 May

        "Of course the big headline is that City win the title. But can we stop talking about that for a second and give praise to Leicester for virtually claiming their place in the champions league next season. City were always gonna win the title win the lead they had, but what Brendan Rogers has done at LCFC is incredible. Well done Leicester, deserved victory tonight and good luck in the Fa cup!"Dad replied: Let us not forget the situation city were in earlier in the season…😪
        And the 5-2 reverse to Leicester 😪

        But thanks to you lcfc..
        City go to the cl as champions 😄😄😄😄396

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      Comment posted by kevirl, at 19:57 11 May

      Ole up for an oscar after that show of pretending to be bothered about losing!18419

      • M

        Reply posted by My latest post, at 20:01 11 May

        "Ole up for an oscar after that show of pretending to be bothered about losing!"My latest post replied: Ole got his eyes on the realistic prize this season !!3431

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      Comment posted by lawman, at 19:56 11 May

      Congratulations Manchester City.
      Fully deserved 😬19935

      • C

        Reply posted by Celts, at 20:12 11 May

        "Congratulations Manchester City. Fully deserved 😬"Celts replied: Manchester is blue for the EIGHTH year in a row!! Hahahahahaha10359

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      Comment posted by BBC should refund licence payers, at 19:57 11 May

      Congratulations City!
      Good luck in the Champions League final.
      Mufc fan15840

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        Reply posted by TangoLima, at 20:03 11 May

        "Congratulations City!Good luck in the Champions League final.Mufc fan"TangoLima replied: Yep, come on Chelsea . . .7393

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      Comment posted by neil210182GGMU, at 19:56 11 May

      Congrats to the blue half, well deserved, played some good stuff this year. 👏13417

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        Reply posted by Footy_fan, at 20:00 11 May

        "Congrats to the blue half, well deserved, played some good stuff this year. 👏"Footy_fan replied: Happy for City…as for Liverpool, if you work hard, you may have a chance of winning it in 2029-30.68116

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      Comment posted by whosdatdandare, at 19:57 11 May

      Not often I allow myself a smile when Utd lose but today is one of those occasions.

      Congrats to Man City
      Well done Leicester12527

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      Comment posted by R Boussiga, at 19:57 11 May

      Congratulation Man City. Well deserved.909

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        Reply posted by Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd, at 21:02 11 May

        "Congratulation Man City. Well deserved."Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd replied: Well done Man City, you deserve it. The wait on the red side of Manchester continues…..8 years and counting……3412

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      Comment posted by Bursaspor16, at 19:58 11 May

      As a Man Utd fan, I’d like to say congratulations and well done for taking a big step towards CL qualification to Leicester City8613

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        Reply posted by TangoLima, at 20:01 11 May

        "As a Man Utd fan, I’d like to say congratulations and well done for taking a big step towards CL qualification to Leicester City"TangoLima replied: Well said, but hope they put in a better effort than last time.
        They went as English Champions to Atletico Madrid and didn’t have a shot on goal.1616

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      Comment posted by Adam WBA, at 19:58 11 May

      City have been the best team this season end of. Just hope Leicester secure top 4 as they have been there all season715

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        Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, at 20:22 11 May

        "City have been the best team this season end of. Just hope Leicester secure top 4 as they have been there all season"Lets Agree To Disagree replied: Looks like Leicester have.121

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      Comment posted by Ologist, at 19:59 11 May

      The best team wins the league. Congratulations. Many City fans will remember their time in the 3rd division so good for them to have the good times back. No comments about money please, the league is full of it.7614

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        Reply posted by wrighty, at 21:35 11 May

        "The best team wins the league. Congratulations. Many City fans will remember their time in the 3rd division so good for them to have the good times back. No comments about money please, the league is full of it."wrighty replied: Have you seen Man City net spend over the last decade. Man City and PSG are backed by nation states, its ridiculous to say ‘no comments about money’. There is money everywhere then there is the money that these two spend. Every player is 50m plus, with the exception of bringing Foden through. City are a great team, and awesome to watch…but they should be with that spend.6866

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      Comment posted by Paul, at 19:57 11 May

      Congratulations to City. They’ve been brilliant this season.7113

    • A

      Comment posted by alks, at 19:57 11 May

      Stay mad United fans 🧂🧂🧂
      We won again. The bigger club in manchester won………13477

      • T

        Reply posted by Tops, at 20:00 11 May

        "Stay mad United fans 🧂🧂🧂We won again. The bigger club in manchester won………"Tops replied: Oil wins98158

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      Comment posted by whyisstephmcgovernstaringatme, at 19:57 11 May

      Dear Liverpool Fans,

      We know how you don’t like Manchester United being given penalties all the time.

      We have listened and we understand. Hope you enjoyed the Leicester game tonight.

      Kind regards
      Match Officials / VAR8033

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        Reply posted by Funky, at 20:01 11 May

        "Dear Liverpool Fans,We know how you don’t like Manchester United being given penalties all the time.We have listened and we understand. Hope you enjoyed the Leicester game tonight.Kind regardsMatch Officials / VAR"Funky replied: Meanwhile Fergie was singing. What have you done since I left385

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      Comment posted by Jonathan, at 19:58 11 May

      Thanks Ole for not letting us run away with it. 🤣🤣🤣 CTID509

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        Reply posted by sparky, at 20:00 11 May

        "Thanks Ole for not letting us run away with it. 🤣🤣🤣 CTID"sparky replied: How long you supported then for mate? about 6 seasons 😄🤣. Chelsea before were ya son.3043

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      Comment posted by blue_ric, at 19:57 11 May

      Well done City 🙌4910

    • X

      Comment posted by xBrito, at 19:58 11 May

      now wait for the ‘oil’ FFP’ bought league’ and all the rest of the nonsense from the haters/jealous mob7134

      • Y

        Reply posted by Yoyo, at 20:01 11 May

        "now wait for the ‘oil’ FFP’ bought league’ and all the rest of the nonsense from the haters/jealous mob"Yoyo replied: Chequebook Champions!8292

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