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Peter Drury's Commentary For Manchester City's Premier League Title Winner Was Pure Poetry

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Peter Drury's Commentary For Manchester City's Premier League Title Winner Was Pure Poetry

Peter Drury's commentary for the goal that sealed the Premier League title for Manchester City on the final day was just perfection.

City found themselves 2-0 down at home to Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa, who looked to be doing Liverpool a favour courtesy of goals from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho.

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It was all going wrong for Pep Guardiola's men but then frustration changed to elation in five crazy minutes as City struck three times.

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Ilkay Gundogan pulled one back, Rodri levelled matters and then it was the German, on as a substitute, who came up with the winner that sent the Etihad Stadium into a frenzy in the 80th minute.

And Drury, calling the action for Premier League productions, was bang on the money with his commentary.

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The 54-year-old has a special knack for encapsulating football's most dramatic moments and he did it once again with another spine-tingling monologue when Gundogan popped up.

"GUNDOGAN! From the brink of despair... elation! From catastrophe, cacophonic joy! The stuff of stellar champions. That's why City are a sensation."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Drury really is undefeated. With his innate turn of phrase and love for the English language, he genuinely never misses and commentates with such passion and colour.

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His 'Greek God in Rome' line for Kostas Manolas' header against Barcelona in the Champions League will live long in the memory, as will his piece on Siphiwe Tshabalala's "goal for all of Africa" in the 2010 World Cup curtain-raiser.

Forget William Shakespeare, they need to start teaching kids about Peter Drury in school.

He's easily the most popular commentator out there and won the Football Supporters' Association Commentator of the Year award for a second time last year.

“It feels surprising to be honest. It’s a lovely thing, I can’t deny it,” Drury told SPORTbible.

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“I’m flattered by it, pleased by it. I try to give great respect to it because it’s voted for by fans, which is great.

“But with respect to whether it’s important in my head, I don’t take it too seriously because there are some very good commentators out there.

“If what I’m doing resonates with people then that is obviously a nice thing. I don’t set out to do that. I’m just very lucky that I do a job where I can express myself and enjoy football, and who wouldn’t love that?"

Featured Image Credit: Image: SuperSport

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Premier League, Ilkay Gundogan, Aston Villa, Pep Guardiola

Josh Lawless
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