Manchester City Have Won The Premier League

Someone text Pep Guardiola the news because the Manchester City manager is somewhere on a golf course blissfully unaware that his side are Premier League champions for just the third time.

All season Manchester City have been incredible. At times people have mentioned them amongst the best sides to have played in the Premier League and whilst that might be an overstatement they have been brilliant and far better than any of the competition.

City players celebrate against Spurs. Image: PA Images
City players celebrate against Spurs. Image: PA Images

It took till January for Pep Guardiola's side to lose a game and that came against one of the other best attacking sides in England's top flight in the form of Liverpool, a 4-3 loss.

But even they never looked like throwing away the a title that has been deserved ever since they drew with Everton at the end of August when Manchester United were still level with them.

Of course they could have wrapped up the title last weekend when they faced their rivals in the Manchester derby at the Etihad and at 2-0 up in the first half they really should have done so, to rub salt in the Red Devils' wounds.

Instead United delayed the inevitable by staging a remarkable comeback with Paul Pogba leading Mourinho's side to a 3-2 with his two goals and Chris Smalling's winning strike.

City then needed two wins to secure the title or a win and to see United lose. Though they faced a tough trip to Wembley to face Spurs they were much the better side, winning 3-1.

It left the ball in United's court and facing a game against bottom of the table West Brom. Mourinho's side would have been expected to win but they were poor and barely forced Ben Foster into action, other than to save a Romelu Lukaku header in the second half.

It was Jay Rodriguez, whose goal from a Baggies corner, gave caretaker manager Darren Moore his first win as West Brom boss and hand the title to City in a far less dramatic way than their infamous Aguerooooooo goal.

Rodriguez scores the winning goal. Image: PA Images
Rodriguez scores the winning goal. Image: PA Images

City's 93 goals in the Premier League this season makes them by far and away the top scorers in England and whilst some have questioned their defence they have still conceded fewer than anyone else too.

Guardiola failed last season but in his second term he has added the correct players to his squad, the signing of Kyle Walker has been a huge plus, and he has also got huge amounts out of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, amongst many others.

For a long time it has been a matter of when and not if City would win the league. Now the question will be can they retain it next season?

Congratulations to Manchester City, deserved Premier League 2017/18 champions.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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