Man City win Premier League as Man Utd lose to West Brom

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Manchester Metropolis gained the Premier League title as Manchester United’s shock 1-Zero residence defeat by West Brom confirmed their rivals as champions.

Second-place United are actually 16 factors behind Pep Guardiola’s facet with solely 5 video games left to play.

It’s Metropolis’s third title in seven seasons and a fifth top-flight crown – their first underneath the Spaniard in his second marketing campaign in cost.

They’ve dominated the title race, scoring 93 targets and dropping simply twice.

The Premier League title is the 24th trophy of the previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss’ managerial profession.

The 47-year-old has beforehand gained league titles in Spain and Germany, in addition to two Champions Leagues with Barca.

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Since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan took ownership of the club in 2008, Metropolis have gained seven trophies, including an FA Cup, two League Cups and an FA Neighborhood Defend to their league titles.

Metropolis’s season to date in stats

Metropolis set a Premier League report of 18 consecutive wins on their method to the title, and have overwhelmed each different facet within the division this season at the least as soon as.

They had been on track to go the entire league season unbeaten earlier than losing 4-3 to Liverpool at Anfield in January.

Their match at Everton noticed them retain 82.13% possession, the very best recorded within the Premier League, and so they broke passing data, finishing over 900 in opposition to Chelsea.

They’ve solely failed to attain in a league match as soon as this season and lead the stats by way of possession, touches, passes, photographs and targets.

Metropolis had been knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after their quarter-final defeat by Liverpool, and had been beaten by League One side Wigan within the fifth spherical of the FA Cup in February.

Nevertheless, Guardiola’s facet did win the Carabao Cup by beating Arsenal at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola

The week that was

Metropolis might have made historical past and sealed the earliest Premier League title by beating United on 7 April at Etihad Stadium, however let slip a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.

That defeat got here in between two losses to Liverpool within the Champions League, which led to Guardiola claiming the facet might nonetheless miss out on the title.

Nevertheless, their Three-1 victory at Tottenham on Saturday put them getting ready to the title, and West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez’s header confirmed their standing as champions on Sunday.

Guardiola said on Saturday that he would play golf, reasonably than watch the United recreation.

Metropolis’s subsequent match is at residence to Swansea on 22 April.

Key details about Metropolis’s title win

Man Metropolis high the charts in quite a lot of key Premier League stats this season:

Premier League stats 2017-18 Manchester Metropolis (1st) Second place
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Targets 93 Liverpool (78)
Aim conceded 25 Manchester United (26)
Dwelling wins 14 Arsenal/Manchester United (13)
Away wins 14 Tottenham (10)
Pictures on the right track 234 Liverpool (212)
Complete Pictures 447 Liverpool (419)
Probabilities created 441 Liverpool (440)
Passes 24,193 Arsenal (20,798)
Touches 30,214 Arsenal (26,977)
Passing accuracy 88.76% Chelsea (84.28%)
Common possession 71.22% Arsenal (62.43%)
Profitable passes 21,473 Arsenal (17,520)
Massive probabilities scored 60 Liverpool 45
  • Metropolis have equalled Arsenal’s tally of three Premier League titles – solely Manchester United (13) and Chelsea (5) have gained extra.
  • Metropolis have gained the title with 5 video games remaining, equalling the English top-flight report. Manchester United in 1907-08 and 2000-01, and Everton in 1984-85 all gained the title with 5 video games to spare.
  • It’s the second earliest, by way of date, that the title has been sealed, simply behind Manchester United’s win on 14 April 2001.
  • Metropolis’s 28 wins matches their report tally of victories in a top-flight league season – set in 2011-12, once they sealed their 28th victory on the ultimate day.
  • They’ve scored 93 targets this season – they want seven targets of their closing 5 league video games to turn out to be the fourth staff to attain 100 or extra targets in a Premier League marketing campaign.
  • Metropolis have been on the high of the league for 240 days in 2017-18 – in the future fewer than Manchester United have spent on the high of the desk since Sergio Aguero’s objective gained the title in Might 2012.
  • Guardiola is the primary Spaniard to win the English top-flight title, and he has gained the top-flight league title in seven of his 9 seasons as a supervisor.

‘A brand new normal for Premier League performances’ – response

Man Metropolis captain Vincent Kompany: “It is the identical feeling as the primary time and you’ll’t describe it. It is superb, such a troublesome achievement and I am happy with the staff and everybody concerned. This one differs in that we had been constant the entire season and we had been in a position to play on the degree we’re anticipated to carry out at.

“I am buzzing, over the moon, so blissful. I am proud to have the ability to share this with all our followers, all people who’s been there to assist us.”

Chris Sutton, ex-Chelsea striker, on BBC Radio 5 stay: “Manchester Metropolis have deserved it. Their model of soccer this season has been scintillating.

“They’ve scored extra targets and so they have an excellent supervisor. Their soccer on the attention has been excellent and so they’ve been streets forward of everybody else.

“Outdated Trafford was a Theatre of Nightmares this afternoon. You’d suppose they’d again the derby win up with a powerful efficiency. However they’ve handed the title to Metropolis on a platter.”

Ian Wright, former England and Arsenal striker, on Match of the Day: “They’ve been magnificent. Guardiola has introduced the precise gamers. They’ve been scintillating all season and really a lot worthy champions.

“The goalkeeper was a significant acquisition. Kyle Walker has been magnificent too and I am delighted for him, however the gamers that had been already there have improved too. That is what Guardiola must get reward for.

“Metropolis are already occupied with ensuring they will retain it subsequent season and do higher within the Champions League.”

Leon Osman, ex-Everton midfielder, on BBC Radio 5 stay: “They positively deserved the title. They have been incredible this season, proper from the beginning. Their performances out of the blocks within the first 10 video games had been unbelievable and so they actually set the tone for the season.

“[Winning at] Chelsea – a large consequence away on the champions – early within the season actually did put a marker down for everybody else to say we are the staff to beat. They checked out one level like they had been going to go unbeaten.

“I do suppose they’ve set a brand new normal for Premier League performances and what you count on from title winners transferring ahead.”

Shaun Goater, ex-Man Metropolis striker, chatting with BBC Sport: “For me, it is by far one of the best Metropolis staff I’ve seen. The best way and the type they’ve gone about it’s really whole soccer.

“Metropolis have executed it in superb type. That is what’s been so stunning – the best way Metropolis have gained this league.”

Man Metropolis chief government officer Ferran Soriano: “Successful the Premier League once more is a superb honour for Manchester Metropolis. We’re delighted to have executed so offering our supporters with some very thrilling and unforgettable moments.

“We’re dedicated to enjoying stunning soccer and we’re proud to have executed it so brilliantly this season. For all Manchester Metropolis supporters, at residence and globally, it’s time to have a good time, acknowledge our friendship and luxuriate in our ardour collectively.”

Martin Keown, former England and Arsenal defender, on Match of the Day: “Final yr Antonio Conte was the pragmatic supervisor however this yr Guardiola had the flare.

“They’ve been within the shadow of Manchester United for therefore a few years however they’re nicely and really out of that shadow now. Take a look at how a lot better Metropolis’s gamers are actually than at first of the season. They only maintain getting higher and higher.

“Guardiola is a serial winner of trophies so that you go up one other degree. He made the mandatory adjustments – he had the cash to spend in fact – however he spent it properly and he set the tone. The gamers clearly know what they’re doing and it is a canvas for fulfillment.”

‘They paint stunning soccer’ – how Metropolis have been described this season

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Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce described Manchester Metropolis as an “irresistible drive” and one in every of “one of the best the Premier League has ever seen”.

Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne heaped reward on his personal staff, saying: “The best way we play might be among the finest on the earth.”

Former Arsenal defender Keown described Metropolis’s gamers as “artists” who “paint stunning soccer for us each week”.

Chelsea supervisor Antonio Conte mentioned he admired how they “discovered the precise method to be robust for a very long time”.

5 key video games in Metropolis’s title march

Watford Zero-6 Manchester Metropolis (16 September 2017)

An announcement of intent from Manchester Metropolis. They scored six without reply against Watford after placing 5 targets previous Liverpool the earlier match. The consequence despatched Metropolis to the highest of the desk, the place they’ve stayed.

Manchester Metropolis 2-1 Southampton (29 November 2017)

Raheem Sterling

Simply as Southampton appeared to have held on for a hard-fought draw, Raheem Sterling curled in a winner in the 96th minute. The win got here in a interval which noticed Metropolis additionally beat Huddersfield and West Ham by the identical scoreline by way of late targets.

Manchester Metropolis Three-1 Newcastle United (20 January 2018)

If there have been any questions in regards to the response to Metropolis’s first league defeat of the season at Anfield the earlier weekend, they had been answered immediately as Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick impressed a home win over the Magpies.

Manchester Metropolis 2-Three Manchester United (7 April 2018)

Metropolis would have sealed the earliest Premier League title with victory on derby day. They had been 2-Zero up after 30 minutes, however spurned quite a few alternatives to extend their benefit – and had been punished as United staged a outstanding second-half comeback to win 3-2 at the Etihad.

Tottenham 1-Three Manchester Metropolis (14 April 2018)

After three losses in per week – twice to Liverpool and the Manchester derby – Guardiola’s facet bounced again with a formidable victory over Tottenham at Wembley, placing themselves getting ready to title glory.

‘A mode that’s joyous to observe’ – social media reacts

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