Manchester City are the champions of England for the fourth time in five years after a dramatic comeback win against Aston Villa. (Photo cre...
|Manchester City are the champions of England for the fourth time in five years after a dramatic comeback win against Aston Villa. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
The English premier league is the king of leagues, where the drama happens like never before, where kings are humbled and slaves rise above their masters. What a finale we had, what a day it was and all we can say to everyone involved is thank you and see you soon.
The wild swing of Sunday evening took the title from Anfield to Manchester while it was still goalless at the Etihad, then it took a crazy turn. Villa scored at through Matty Cash and with Liverpool level at the time, it was delicately poised.
Who would have thought that the two teams that needed to win to land the title would be behind first? It even got worse for the champions, they conceded again through Philippe Coutinho, a former Liverpool star. Liverpool got the news and they pushed hard; Sadio Mane had a goal ruled out for offside.
Guardiola threw on his wildcard, he removed Bernardo silva for Ilkay Gundogan and the big swing returns right from there. Gundogan scored from a fine header, Liverpool got the news and scored too and that moment, it was headed for Anfield.
Rodri side-footed home and Gundogan made it three to end whatever it was that Liverpool had to cling on. The mood was different across both grounds but when Michael Oliver blew the final whistle at the Etihad, it was Pep Guardiola and his men that popped champaign.
It was the sixth title for City since 2012 and Guardiola’s fourth in five years. A testament of the prowess of Liverpool too as they pushed the champions to the very last half of the league season, losing by just a point, not for the first time but it shows how competitive the league is.
How do you rank these teams? The tenacity of Liverpool and Manchester City, the drama and the finesse in their games, City are champions and Liverpool will try again next season. It was a day to savor, a league season to remember.
City will go all out to celebrate, they deserve it and they will be back next season to fight for the same again. Outside Liverpool, who will challenge them to the title next season? We can’t wait for August.