MANCHESTER CITY WIN 2018-19 PREMIER LEAGUE

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City - Premier League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates victory with his side

 

MANCHESTER CITY WIN 2018-19 PREMIER LEAGUE

Man City beat Tottenham Hotspur to secure EPL title and trophy for 2018

Manchester City secured the 2017 - 2018 Premier League title after bouncing back to a victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. City were confirmed as champions on Sunday when second-place cross-town arch-rivals Manchester United lost to rock bottom West Bromwich. Saturday's win over the Spurs took City to 87 points and they were handed the title a day later. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side suffered a shocking loss at Old Trafford to bottom of the England Premier League club West Bromwich Albion. The EPL trophy is the second trophy at Manchester City for manager Pep Guardiola’s side to go with the English League Cup, already secured in February. Guardiola did not watch the Man United v West Brom match after saying he would not watch any soccer and planned instead to enjoy a round of golf with his son. After three losses in a stressful week, including two to Liverpool and to Manchester United in the Manchester Derby - Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United, Guardiola's side was in form as City bounced back with an impressive win over Spurs at Wembley Stadium in London, putting themselves on the edge of title glory. Manchester City host Swansea next.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City

 

Tottenham Hotspur goal: Eriksen (42' minutes)

Manchester City goals: Jesus (22' minutes), Gündogan (25' minutes pen), Sterling (72' minutes) 

 

Manchester City could have already sealed their Premier League title with a victory against Manchester United on Derby Day. City were ahead 2-0 after 30 minutes, but missed many opportunities to increase their advantage - and was punished as Man United staged a stunning second-half comeback to win the exciting derby clash 3-2 at the Etihad. However, Manchester City won the Premier League title as Manchester United's shock 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich confirmed their local rivals as EPL champions. Second-place Manchester United are now 16 points behind Spaniard Pep Guardiola's first-place side with only 5 games left to play.

 

“It was a tough week with the results, but we always have to be ready for the next game. We have time to recover after this, but we’re playing a fantastic team here,” said Pep Guardiola ahead of the start of the game. “We believe that we deserve to win the title, across 38 games. We lost one game in the league, but before that we won six in a row. The teams we play later are trying to stay up, but it all depends on us. We’ll try to get one of the wins we need tonight.”

 

The comeback victory was a morale-boosting win for City after their loss on Tuesday to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals that knocked them out of the European title battle. Despite completely dominating the first half, there were some tense moments as Tottenham fought their way back into the match until Raheem Sterling scored City's decisive third goal. Gabriel Jesus opened the match scoring for City in the 22nd minute, from Vincent Kompany's long ball and sliding a low shot past French Spurs goalie Hugo Lloris. Three minutes later, France goalkeeper Lloris conceded a penalty, with a studs-up sliding challenge on Sterling, outside of the box according to replays. Ilkay Gundogan converted from the spot to make it 0-2 City. Christian Eriksen scored to halve the deficit from Harry Kane's through ball, his shot ricocheted off Aymeric Laporte and then back off the Dane and in past Ederson. After the break City withstood an onslaught from Spurs before Sterling sent in the forceful rebound from Jesus' shot to earn all 3 points in the 72nd minute in Spurs' first league defeat since losing 4-1 to City on December 16, ending an unbeaten run of 14 matches. Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino's side stay 4th on the Premier League Table, 7 points clear of Chelsea who are in 5th.

 

The league title is City's 3rd crown in 7 seasons and a 5th top-flight title - their first under Pep in his second campaign as City boss. In their current Premier League campaign City have dominated the title race, scoring 93 goals and losing only two times.The 2018 Premier League title is the 24th earned by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s managerial career. Fourty-year-old Guardiola has previously won league titles in Spain and Germany, as well as two Champions Leagues with Barca. Since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan took ownership of Manchester City in 2008, City have won seven trophies, adding an FA Cup, two League Cups and an FA Community Shield to their league titles.

 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola knew his men would win the title.

 

"I said to my staff after 10-15 minutes 'After today we will be champions.' After the last week to come here and play like we did, we will be champions," said Guardiola. "In the past with defeats by Manchester United and Liverpool, maybe it was not easy for the players but we were good and we created chances in the second half to score more goals and we're so happy. We will try hard to be champions in front of our fans at the Etihad Stadium."

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino said City deserved the victory. 

"In the end, if we analyze the game, they fully deserve the victory," said Pochettino. "We struggled to start in the game. When we conceded the penalty, we started to play. For sure they are going to win the league, but I'm disappointed because we didn't compete in the first 25 minutes. In football, you always want to compete and win. We feel that we are close but it is not enough. We still need to improve to reach the last level which is the most difficult thing."

 

Squads

 

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris; Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane. Subs: Son, Wanyama, Vorm, Sissoko, Aurier, Lucas Moura, Sterling.

 

Manchester City

Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Delph; De Bruyne, Gündoğan, Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sané. Subs: Bravo, Bernardo Silva, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Touré, Foden, Díaz.

Referee: Jon Moss

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Premier League stats 2017-18 Manchester City

 

Man City top the charts in a number of key Premier League stats this season

 

Goals 93 Liverpool (78)

Goals conceded 25 Manchester United (26)

Home wins 14 Arsenal/Manchester United (13)

Away wins 14 Tottenham (10)

Shots on target 234 Liverpool (212)

Total Shots 447 Liverpool (419)

Chances created 441 Liverpool (440)

Passes 24,193 Arsenal (20,798)

Touches 30,214 Arsenal (26,977)

Passing accuracy 88.76% Chelsea (84.28%)

Average possession 71.22% Arsenal (62.43%)

Successful passes 21,473 Arsenal (17,520)

Big chances scored 60 Liverpool 45

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Following Manchester City securing the Premier League silverware, there was nothing but praise for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and his men.

Man City chief executive officer Ferran Soriano was honored and delighted by the results.

 

"Winning the Premier League again is a great honor for Manchester City. We are delighted to have done so providing our supporters with some very exciting and unforgettable moments. We are committed to playing beautiful football and we are proud to have done it so brilliantly this season. For all Manchester City supporters, at home and globally, it is time to celebrate, acknowledge our friendship and enjoy our passion together."

 

Leon Osman, ex-Everton midfielder praised Man City on BBC Radio 5.

 

"They definitely deserved the title,” said Osman. “They've been fantastic this season, right from the start. Their performances out of the blocks in the first 10 games were incredible and they really set the tone for the season. Winning at Chelsea - a massive result away at the champions - early in the season really did put a marker down for everyone else to say we're the team to beat. They looked at one point like they were going to go unbeaten. I do think they've set a new standard for Premier League performances and what you expect from title winners moving forward."

 

Shaun Goater, ex-Man City striker talked about City’s excellence.

 

"For me, it's by far the best City team I've seen,” said Goater. “The way and the style they've gone about it is truly total football. City have done it in amazing style. That's what's been so beautiful - the way City have won this league."

 

Chris Sutton, ex-Chelsea striker, on BBC Radio 5 live.

 

"Manchester City have deserved it,” said Chris Sutton. “Their brand of football this season has been scintillating. They've scored more goals and they have a brilliant manager. Their football on the eye has been superb and they've been streets ahead of everyone else. "Old Trafford was a Theatre of Nightmares this afternoon. You'd think they'd back the derby win up with a strong performance. But they've handed the title to City on a platter."

 

Former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright had high praise for City.

 

"They have been magnificent,” said Ian Wright. “Guardiola has brought the right players. They have been scintillating all season and very much worthy champions. "The goalkeeper was a major acquisition. Kyle Walker has been magnificent too and I'm delighted for him, but the players that were already there have improved too. That's what Guardiola needs to get praise for. "City are already thinking about making sure they can retain it next season and do better in the Champions League."

Martin Keown, former England and Arsenal defender spoke highly of Pep Guardiola and his side.

 

"Last year Antonio Conte was the pragmatic manager but this year Guardiola had the flare,” said Keown. “They have been in the shadow of Manchester United for so many years but they are well and truly out of that shadow now. Look at how much better City's players are now than at the start of the season. They just keep getting better and better. Guardiola is a serial winner of trophies so you go up another level. He made the necessary changes - he had the money to spend of course - but he spent it wisely and he set the tone. The players clearly know what they are doing and it's a canvas for success."

Pep Guardiola's team wowed almost every football fan this season by being an "irresistible force", one of "the best the Premier League has ever seen", and "artists who paint beautiful football for us each and every week".

 

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he admired how Man City "found the right way to be strong for a long time".

 

Man City captain Vincent Kompany compared winning the Premier League silverware for the second time.

 

"It's the same feeling as the first time and you can't describe it,” said Kompany. “It's amazing, such a difficult achievement and I'm proud of the team and everyone involved. This one differs in that we were consistent the whole season and we were able to play at the level we're expected to perform at. I'm buzzing, over the moon, so happy. I'm proud to be able to share this with all our fans, everybody who's been there to support us."

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City - Premier League

 

Kevin De Bruyne showed why he is one of the front-runners for the PFA Player of the Year. One of the highlights of the game was a pass to Sterling in the second-half, that the Belgium volleyed off the outside of his boot. Popular and talented Man City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne praised his own team. 

"The way we play is probably one of the best in the world,” said De Bruyne. “We were good against United and Liverpool at home, and I think we deserved to win that game. We defended better here, and we got the result. Everyone feels a little bit tired, and Spurs didn’t have a game for a week, but the mental toughness of this team is unbelievable.

Man City still has the opportunity to break through the 100-point barrier for the first time in Premier League history. City has lost only 2 times in the Premier League all season and managed 18 consecutive league wins earlier in the campaign.

 

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