For the fourth time in five seasons, Manchester City reigns supreme at the top of the Premier League table.
Man City won another league title – their second in a row – by overcoming a late two-goal deficit by beating Aston Villa 3-2 and holding Liverpool off on the final day of the season. It looked like City would lose the title after Villa trailed 2-0, but everything changed when İlkay Gundoğan scored in the 76th minute. Two minutes later, Rodri equalized before Gündoğan added his second, which eventually became the title contender.
Man City had left the door open for the Reds by leveling West Ham last weekend and dropping two crucial points, and Jürgen Klopp’s men pulled it into the final day with a come-from-behind win over Southampton with a strong changing team on Tuesday. But for the second time in four seasons, they finish one point less than first place.
The result puts an end to Liverpool’s quest for what would have been a historic quadruple, with the club already winning League Cup and FA Cup titles (beating Chelsea in penalty shootouts for both domestic trophies), while also going on to the Champions League final. It will play against Real Madrid on May 28 in Paris for the European title.
Manchester City would likely trade places with Liverpool given its insatiable quest to become European champions, but it will settle for another English title performance instead. The title is sixth in the Premier League era and eighth in the overall standings, tying it to Aston Villa for fourth in history. With Erling Haaland joining next season following a transfer from Borussia Dortmund, that number could continue to grow rapidly in the coming years.
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However, the success of this season was achieved without a star striker. Man City did not replace Sergio Aguero, and the summer rapprochement with Tottenham’s Harry Kane proved unsuccessful. Pep Guardiola’s side have still managed to score 99 goals, the pace of Kevin De Bruyne 15, Raheem Sterling 13 and Riyad Mahrez 11. However, Phil Foden (nine), Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva (eight) also delivered important contributions. half of Jesus’ total came in a victory over the relegated Watford.
The Brazilian, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, tied the club with De Bruyne in assists with eight. City’s summer signing, £100million man Jack Grealish, didn’t play much in the club’s success, scoring just three goals in the competition. One, however, was a big one, sparking the 2-0 comeback to West Ham on Sunday to save the point that put the club in position to take the win on Tuesday.
City have only lost three times in the league, twice to Tottenham – the first in the first game of the season – and once to Crystal Palace, who also held City to a draw in their other meeting. However, the club took points from every other team in the league and at one point had a 12-game winning streak that eventually cemented its place on the table.
Liverpool did manage to close a double-digit deficit and at one point take the lead for the time being, but as was the case with City during his run under Guardiola, it found the reaction required to regain the title of champions. become.
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