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City crowned champions

City crowned champions

2024/05/19 18:15
E2

Manchester City survived a minor scare against West Ham United to win their fourth Premier League title in a row, becoming the first team to ever do that in the Premier League era. 


LINEUPS 

MCI XI | Stefan Ortega; Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol; Rodri; Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Foden*, Doku; Haaland

MCI SUBS | Carson, Stones, Ake, Lewis, Nunes, Kovacic, Grealish, Bobb, Alvarez

WHU XI | Areola; Mavropanos, Zouma*, Cresswell; Coufal, Soucek, Ward-Prowse, Emerson; Kudus, Lucas Paqueta; Antonio 

WHU SUBS | Fabianski, Ogbonna, Johnson, Casey, Earthy, Edson Alvarez, Cornet, Mubama, Ings


Action: It took just 77 seconds for the title race to seemingly be all over when the potential Premier League Player of the Year, Phil Foden, scored what is now becoming a trademark finish, belting one in from the edge of the box and into the top corner.

Manchester City, who have shown themselves to be nervous on previous final days, continued to dominate and show no signs of fear this time around with Kevin De Bruyne stinging the palms of Alphonse Areola before both Jeremy Doku and Rodri then had near misses.

The lead was soon to be doubled by ‘that man’ Phil Foden once again when the Englishmen met Jeremy Doku’s cross and swept home with Lionel Messi-esque confidence.

However, a third goal could not be found as they continued to knock on the door with the best and most glaring opportunity coming when Bernardo Silva floated a ball to the back post with Ruben Dias crossing to Erling Braut Haaland but the Norwegian number nine got in a tangle and couldn’t direct the ball in from just a yard out.

West Ham United, a group of players and club celebrating David Moyes’ final game in charge had been just bystanders to the City parade, then sprang into life and made things very interesting.

James Ward-Prowse’s deep corner was then scrambled by a combination of both Konstantinos Mavropanos and Tomas Soucek before Mohammed Kudus set himself up to acrobatically and emphatically hammer home an overhead kick past Stefan Ortega.

Just a few minutes later, Haaland once again missed an excellent opportunity when he clipped over from around six yards after excellent play by Jeremy Doku. A couple of Haaland misses that did begin to beg the question, will they really rue that?

Those nerves didn’t appear to reach the pitch, though, with Manchester City once again re-establishing their form and fluency over their capital city opponents.

Both Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden had efforts that went wide as they really began to twist the knife with Haaland also having another chance to get on the scoresheet.

It was to be, though, the main man in midfield, Rodri, who swept in an effort from the edge of the box that squirmed past a fairly poor effort from Areola.

The rest of the match saw a pattern of play develop whereby City dominated before things became a little bit formulaic and motions were went through before the celebration could begin. Tomas Soucek did have a goal disallowed for a blatant handball but no more drama was to be had with City on top once again.

 

 


The big picture: Manchester City held off yet another impressive title challenge from a rival until the final day of the season, this time it was Arsenal, as they eventually cruised past West Ham to win their sixth title in seven seasons under Pep Guardiola. West Ham United have faded throughout the second-half of this season and David Moyes’ era ends in a defeat ahead of the supposed appointment of Julen Lopetegui.

Man of the match: Phil Foden. England’s Phil Foden was once again the crucial key man as City delivered the Premier League title to east Manchester once again.


EVENTS

Kick-off

‘2 | GOAL: Foden (1-0)

’18 | GOAL: Foden (2-0)

’42 | GOAL: Kudus (2-1)

Half-time

’60 | GOAL: Rodri (3-1)

’86 | DISALLOWED: Soucek

Full-time



Poll
POLL RESULTS
MANCHESTER CITY
DRAW
WEST HAM

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SP
2024-05-19 19h22m by sparkerfield
As a Man City fan, I couldn't be more proud of our team's eagerness to secure another Premier League title. And what a way to do it with that Foden goal!
JW
2024-05-19 18h51m by jwhiteheadbarnes
As a Manchester City fan, I couldn't be more relieved! It was a bit of a nail-biter, but we did it! Always knew Foden would come through for us.
classic matches
U Sunday, 19 May 2024 - 16:00
Etihad Stadium
John Brooks
3-1
Phil Foden 2' 18'
Rodri Hernández 59'
Mohammed Kudus 42'

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