What a weekend for City fans, gifted the league by a deflated Arsenal, who lost to Brighton the day before.
You can just hear Noel Gallagher pulling the pints in the local pub and then swagging his way around Manchester taunting the likes of Gary Neville and another United fan foolish enough to take to the streets yesterday.
Manchester in Blue! In fact, the whole of England is without a doubt blue. There is no way of disputing the dominance of this City team. 3 premier league titles in succession is unthinkable considering they won two by just one point. The finest of margins on the last day of the season against Liverpool.
The Moment Man City knew they could win the league
How did City do it? At one point they looked miles off, out of form, and not the machine like City we are used to. But the win against Chelsea was the 28th of the campaign which takes them to 88 points, seven clear of Arsenal with two games left, having been 11 behind Mikel Arteta’s side at one stage.
Kyle Walker, England, and MAn City Right-back pinpointed the moment when he believed Arsenal could be overhauled. “I thought after coming back from the World Cup and we beat Liverpool here [3-2 in the League Cup], I thought that was a marker, we had a lot of the players missing and the manager had been working hard with the players that were here. From then on we always believed we could do it, we then went to Leeds and won there.
What is next for Man City?
Business is not finished for Manchester City and Pep. He will make sure his team are ready for the cup finals, which arguably could immortalise this City team and cement Pep’s legacy as the greatest manager in premier league history.
Kyle Walker summed it up perfectly, mentality monsters, “But we’re not finished, we’ve got the FA Cup against our bitter rivals and the Champions League final on 10 June. We will enjoy it today, we will have a few glasses of champagne but then we move on to June.”
Man City’s Route to Becoming the Premier Champions of 22/23
City’s acquisition of Haaland before the season got underway meant that, in the eyes of many, the title was already decided. City were the best team in England before they’d added this goal machine, so how could they possibly lose?
Unsurprisingly, the goals started flowing in but the problem for City was at the other end of the pitch, where they were conceding goals at an alarming rate. They shipped three at Newcastle – something which we would later learn is not actually that bad – in the third game of the season and they couldn’t stop dropping points in the months surrounding the World Cup.
A 2-1 loss to Brentford on November 12 was soon followed by draws against relegation candidates Nottingham Forest and Everton and defeats to both Manchester United and Tottenham.
While this form wasn’t exactly awful, it coincided with a rampant run of victories for a young Arsenal side who were relishing their status as the underdogs.
Arteta was overseeing a run at the top of the table which, as the City and Liverpool started to falter, The Gunners looked destined to lead to the unlikeliest of Premier League titles.
Some critics wasted little time in writing City off, but a tactical tweak from Guardiola, who introduced a 3-2-4-1 setup that took, soon turned the tide turned.
Then the City machine started to churn and pick up steam. And once that fire had been lit it would have taken a monumental effort by Arsenal to switch it off.
But City simply did not slow down, and Arsenal’s momentum had already started to fade. They’d drawn three in a row before that second humbling, and a 3-0 loss to Brighton left City needing three points against a wounded Chelsea side to seal the title.
Guardiola wanted City to get the chance to seal immortality on home soil but, as it turned out, the Forest team who helped define so many of their problems early on actually came back to do City a favour as a 1-0 win over Arsenal on May 20 finally ensured the Gunners could no longer catch back up.
If you are a City fan, it’s time to take it all in, Enjoy the accolades step 1 of 3 is done.
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