After a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the 37th round of the Premier League, Manchester City was awarded the championship trophy and medals. Pep Guardiola’s team celebrated joyfully.
For the third consecutive time, Manchester City became the champions of the Premier League, thanks to Arsenal’s 0-1 defeat against Nottingham. This result kept Arsenal four points behind Manchester City with only one match remaining. Therefore, Manchester City officially secured the title with three games left, and they would be presented with the trophy after the match against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, May 21. Prior to that match, Chelsea might have to form a guard of honor for the newly crowned champions.
This is Manchester City’s fifth English Premier League title in the last six seasons and the 12th trophy manager Pep Guardiola brought to the club. They will have a few weeks to prepare for the remaining two finals of the season, facing Manchester United in the FA Cup on June 3 and Inter Milan in the Champions League a week later. If Manchester City wins both matches, Guardiola will become the first manager in European football history to achieve a domestic treble twice. The Spanish coach accomplished this feat for the first time with Barcelona in the 2008-2009 season, which was also his debut season as a manager.
In the 35 matches played so far, Manchester City has won 27 games, scored 92 goals, and earned 85 points. They spent most of the season in second place but overtook Arsenal at the top of the table with a remarkable run of 11 consecutive victories. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal gradually fell behind and ultimately let go of their title hopes.
The pivotal moment in Manchester City’s title race was the 4-1 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on April 26, which took away their rivals’ chances of winning the championship. Forward Erling Haaland scored one goal and provided two assists in that match, while midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored a brace and contributed one assist. Haaland is currently leading the Golden Boot race with a record 36 goals, and De Bruyne is also the top assist provider with 16 assists.
Manchester City is the fifth team in English football history to win the top division title three times in a row, following Huddersfield (1924-1926), Arsenal (1933-1935), Liverpool (1982-1984), and Manchester United (1999-2001, 2007-2009). They will begin the 2023-2024 season with the aim of becoming the first team to win the English title four times in a row.
The number 3 holds special significance for Manchester City this season, not only because they have won the title for the third consecutive time and are aiming for a treble. The Manchester City U23 and U18 teams have also been crowned champions at their respective levels this season. This marks the third consecutive season in which the first team, U23, and U18 teams of Manchester City have all won their national championships.
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