BY MURITALA BAKARE
Manchester City have been crowned this year’s Premier League champions after an exhilarating 4-1 win against Brighton at the Amex last night.
The Blues who retained the cup for the second season in a row came back from behind to beat the Seagulls after a shock Glenn Murray header from a corner in the 27th minute.
On a night when Liverpool were also in action against Wolves, and just a point behind City, a loss would have seen Guardiola boys handed the title to the Reds.
Liverpool were 1-0 up against Wolves at Anfield, and their fans were already jubilating after the news that City were losing went viral in the stadium.
City were shocked but didn’t panic as they easily equalised in the 28th minute, when Sergio Aguero put the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Matt Ryan.
They knew they had to do everything to win their last match of the season, and by the 38th minute, an unmarked Aymeric Laporte put the visitors ahead before the end of the first-half.
Two more goals from Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan in the 63rd and 72nd minutes ensured that City put the game to bed.
Apart from their first-half goal, Brighton were understandably outclassed and couldn’t make any impression in the second half in the face of a determined City. They however survived relegation.
City’s victory have been one of the toughest league victories so far with a total 98 points from 14 wins while Liverpool continued to challenge them to the title throughout the campaign with 97 points, losing only a game this season.
City are now the first team to win a back-to-back Premier League titles after Manchester United in 2009
Pep Guardiola admitted the season has been a tough one. “It’s incredible, 98 points, to go back-to-back. We made the standard higher last season and Liverpool helped us. To win this title we had to win 14 league games in a row. We couldn’t lose one point. It’s the toughest title we have won in all my career by far.”
The champions who are also aiming for a domestic treble this season will take on Watford in the FA cup final showdown in Wembley this weekend.