Saluting the 2018/19 Premier League Champions – Where it All Went Right For Man City
Manchester City have been crowned 2018/19 Premier League Champions after the most exciting title race in history, beating Brighton 4-1 at the Amex Stadium to seal this season’s title in style.
Pep Guardiola’s title-winning side has now accumulated an astonishing 198 points across two Premier League campaigns.
Here’s our look at six games that helped shaped Man City’s successful Premier League title charge.
Premier League Winners 2018/19 – Manchester City
Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City
A potential banana skin averted for City on the first weekend of the season as the Citizens took on an Arsenal side embracing a bold new era at the club as Unai Emery took charge of his first game following the summer departure of Arsène Wenger. A composed, clinical performance from City with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva ensured the reigning champions got their title-winning campaign off to the best possible start.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester City
Expansive, attacking displays rightly get most of the plaudits, but over a 38-game season, a successful title challenge is often built off the back of hard-fought 1-0 wins where the result matters more than the performance. Both City and Spurs struggled to find much rhythm on a Wembley pitch struggling to recover from NFL action, but Pep’s men executed their game plan perfectly, with an early goal from Riyad Mahrez ultimately enough to seal a crucial three points against one of their major Top Four rivals.
Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool
The game that arguably decided the destination of this year’s title above all others. City came into this match knowing defeat would leave Liverpool 10 points clear in the title race but instead regained much-needed ground as a gutsy performance at the Etihad saw Pep’s side cut the gap to four points. That would be the only defeat the Reds would suffer all season – but the history books will look back at decisive goals from Agüero and Sane as the moment City put a marker down in their astonishing race to the finish in this season’s Premier League.
Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
Perhaps the biggest hurdle standing in City’s way as the season entered the final straight. City headed into the Manchester derby knowing a stumble at Old Trafford could help switch the title race in Liverpool’s favour. City had to be patient to carve out their opportunities in this one, but a decisive 15-minute spell in the second half helped move Pep’s side one step closer to glory.
Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City
It won’t go down as one of Man City’s most memorable games of the 2018/19 campaign – but it arguably served up the greatest moment of the Citizens’ season. A bitty game that looked in danger of drifting towards a stalemate was stunningly settled by inspirational club captain Vincent Kompany. Spotting his chance, the veteran Belgian’s thurderbolt from 25 yards out left City fans dreaming the script really had been written for a successful title defence.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-4 Manchester City
Man City closed out the greatest title rate in history by taking all three points at the Amex Stadium – but they had to survive a scare to seal the deal. Glenn Murray’s 27th-minute header left City fans briefly sweating as Liverpool seized the initiative on final day, but a quickfire reply from Sergio Agüero set City on their way to an emphatic 4-1 win, with İlkay Gündoğan’s stunning free-kick capping a memorable day on the South Coast as Man City became the first side to retain their title since 2008/09.
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