Seven of Man City's most astonishing victories on road to Premier League title

Andy Hampson 16/04/2018
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Manchester City chalked up some impressive wins in their march to the Premier League title. Here, we look back at some of their most notable victories.

September 5: Man City 5 Liverpool 0

After opening their campaign with three successive wins, City then made a serious statement with this thrashing of one of their chief rivals.

Sergio Aguero put them ahead and before Liverpool had Sadio Mane sent off following a collision with Ederson. Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane scored two each as the Reds were torn apart.

Leroy Sane 3

September 16: Watford 0 Man City 6

Arguably the performance that pleased the eye most all season, with City at their most fluid and exhilarating. Aguero scored a sublime hat-trick while there were further goals for Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and – from the penalty spot – Raheem Sterling.

Within a few more weeks they had also thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 and routed Stoke 7-2.

Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his third

September 30: Chelsea 0 Man City 1

As well as demolishing some sides, Pep Guardiola’s men showed they could prise open the most stubborn of opponents. Their slender victory at Stamford Bridge was just such a case.

City dominated but it took a spectacular strike from Kevin De Bruyne to settle the affair.

De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates

November 26: Man City 2 Southampton 1

Having seen some of their rivals cut open by City in the early part of the season, teams began to adopt more defensive mindsets against them in the late autumn. It was a difficult spell, but ultimately City still prevailed, grinding out victories over Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham.

The victory over Saints seemed psychologically critical, coming with a stunning Sterling winner deep into added time that sparked jubilant scenes.

Sterling of Manchester City celebrates victory

December 10: Man Utd 1 Man City 2

The headlines may have been dominated by a post-match fracas outside the dressing room, but City took a decisive step towards the title by beating their rivals at Old Trafford to establish an 11-point lead at the top.

David Silva and Otamendi capitalised on defensive mistakes to secure victory for a dominant City either side of a Marcus Rashford strike.

Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City celebrates

December 16: Man City 4 Tottenham 1

De Bruyne produced an inspired display as City again showed their class by hammering Spurs. The Belgian got on the scoresheet after Ilkay Gundogan netted first while Sterling grabbed two more after Jesus missed a penalty.

Manchester City celebrate 1

March 1: Arsenal 0 Man City 3

The title race became a procession as Arsenal, for the second time in four days after losing the Carabao Cup final, allowed City to coast to victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Sane were on target as sublime City effectively got the job done inside 33 minutes.

David Silva (C) celebrates

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Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal do not have the right balance after seeing them slip to a fifth successive Premier League away defeat at Newcastle.

The Gunners led at St James’ Park through Alexandre Lacazette’s 14th-minute strike, but a side featuring six changes from the one which drew in Moscow on Thursday evening to secure a Europa League semi-final berth eventually succumbed 2-1 to goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie.

Disappointed manager Wenger said: “I think it’s very difficult to combine the Europa League on Thursday night and then playing Sunday morning. You play in Moscow, you come home, you play again away from home.

“This game is a bit special. On top of that, I must say the attitude of our team was spot on from the start.

“But it didn’t work and I have to be realistic enough to say that maybe our balance offensively and defensively doesn’t work.”

Asked if he was concerned that his team has not picked up a single point away from home since the turn of the year, the Frenchman said: “Of course it’s a concern because traditionally we have a very strong record away from home.

“It has a subconscious weight in our minds. Once you’re in a negative spiral like that, it’s very difficult to get out.”

By contrast, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was in jubilant mood after his team eased past the 40-point survival target he set them at the start of the season, courtesy of a battling performance which saw them play second fiddle for long periods before launching a spirited fightback.

The Magpies are desperate to tie up the Spaniard to an extended deal with his current contract about to enter its final year, and while he was giving nothing away, the future is on his mind.

He said: “Today, I was really pleased with everything I have seen, but at the same time, we are professionals and we have to be sure that next year, we have the tools to compete at the level we want to compete at.

“As I have already said, we did not expect to be here at this stage of the season. We are really pleased with that and now we have to try to get higher in the table.”

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Jose Mourinho says Man City are worthy champions as Man United hand rivals Premier League title

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Jose Mourinho says Manchester City are worthy Premier League champions.

Jose Mourinho stressed Manchester City were worthy champions after Manchester United’s shock loss to West Brom.

Jay Rodriguez headed the only goal of a dull encounter at Old Trafford on Sunday, handing the bottom-placed Baggies a 1-0 victory that confirmed Premier League leaders City as champions.

With five games remaining, Pep Guardiola’s City now have an unassailable 16-point lead at the top of the table.

United manager Mourinho said: “I knew that sooner or later that (they) would be (champions) and if I was in their position I would be very upset if somebody said that they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Bromwich Albion.

“They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points. They lost only two matches because they were the best team. That’s the reason why they were champions.”

United delayed City’s title celebrations by winning last week’s derby at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho admitted that victory had a hollow feel.

He said: “Probably because I (have) won eight championships I was not (over) the moon with the victory against them, because that doesn’t make me feel super happy.”

Alexis Sanchez trudges off the Old Trafford turf after a dismal 1-0 defeat to doomed West Brom.

Alexis Sanchez trudges off the Old Trafford turf after a dismal 1-0 defeat to doomed West Brom.

Mourinho suggested he had already congratulated his rivals in advance.

He said: “I don’t know if I was the first or if I was the second or the third, but I congratulated them face-to-face when I had the chance to do it.”

United were way off the pace that saw them overturn a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 with a superb second-half display at the Etihad Stadium a week ago.

Ander Herrera had a strong penalty appeal turned down in the first half and Romelu Lukaku forced a good point-blank save from Ben Foster but West Brom were otherwise largely untroubled.

“We were masters in complicated football, everything was complicated,” said Mourinho. “We couldn’t play fast, we couldn’t think fast, everything was complicated. They always had time to organise themselves.”

West Brom remain nine points adrift of safety with just four games remaining and seem unlikely to stave off relegation, but caretaker boss Darren Moore was pleased with their efforts.

Moore said: “It was a good performance and we got our just rewards in the end. We have come up against a very, very good side in Manchester United but everyone stuck to their job and did everything we asked of them.”

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