MANCHESTER (England) – Manchester City celebrated their Premier League title in style with a 1-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
After the final whistle blew, fans stormed the pitch to toast their victory, as a 12th-minute goal from Julian Alvarez ensured Pep Guardiola’s side won their 12th consecutive league win.
It is City’s third successive title and the fifth title in six seasons for the side that dominates English football. And with the Champions League and FA Cup finals still to come, this season may be just the beginning of a historic trophy triple.
“We always believed we could do this. This group of players are professionals and winners,” defender Kyle Walker said. “Don’t worry, it’s not over yet. We have the FA Cup against our nemesis[Manchester United]and then the Champions League.
“We will hold a celebration tonight and then continue to strive to make history.”
Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday secured City the title ahead of the final home game of the season.
This meant Guardiola could afford to put Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, John Stones and Ederson on the bench. However, despite their absence, City secured victory with World Cup winner Alvarez scoring the winning goal.
The Argentinian international was overshadowed by Haaland’s record-breaking performance, but showed his quality with a stunning finish after controlling a pass from Cole Palmer.
City never intended to reach the heights of Liverpool, Arsenal and Real Madrid’s recent routs, but they didn’t need to after Alvarez’s goal put them on an early winning trajectory.
Chelsea created many chances, especially from Raheem Sterling, and could have leveled if Conor Gallagher’s header hit the post in the first half.
Calvin Phillips also had a woodwork shot after City’s break, but Alvarez’s second goal was ruled out by VAR after Riyad Mahrez built it up.
Haaland and De Bruyne came on in the second half but were unable to extend City’s lead.
The fans weren’t complaining on a post-game party day, and they couldn’t wait to swarm the heroes at the final whistle.
As soon as the final whistle blew, supporters flooded the field, hoisting celebratory banners and sending up blue smoke.
The text then exploded as City players were recorded singing “We Are The Champions” in the locker room before heading out to present the trophy.
By James Robson