Manchester City retains Premier League title after win in Brighton


Brighton - Manchester City 1:4 (1:2)

Manchester City retained the Premier League title and ended the Liverpool's glorious challenge after surviving a scare to come from behind and beat Brighton on the road. Pep Guardiola's men started the day knowing victory would be enough to be the first team to retain the crown since Manchester United ten years ago.

Brighton's coach decided not to "park the bus", home team players attacked and really tried to challenge the visitors since the beginning. Glen Murray gave Brighton a shock lead in the 27th minute. Indeed, Citizens started anxiously in the game. Header after the corner kick froze the breath of City fans, as Liverpool had the 1-0 lead in the same time in their game against Wolves, but not for a long. When you have Sergio Aguero in your team, everything is easier. Argentinian striker denied the Brighton's lead with a cool stroke through Mat Ryan's legs two minutes later. The full turnaround happened when Riyad Mahrez sent a corner kick to unmarked Aymeric Laporte who put his team ahead with a header, seven minutes before half time.

Brighton had no way back and City completed the formalities in a spectacular way as Mahrez blast the right-footed shot into the top corner. In the 72nd minute, free kick taken by Ilkay Gundogan was a cherry on top, as German international scored an amazing goal from 25 meters distance. The goal was a call for the fans to start celebrating.

Brighton can be satisfied with their season as they avoided relegation to Championship again. Christ Hughton, the manager said after the game: "The next step for us is to learn from the disappointment we had in periods this season. We need to score more goals, that's the biggest thing." The Premier League title goes to the blue part of Manchester. 98 points to retain the Premier League crown, after reaching the number of 100 in last season, Guardiola admits this was his hardest title ever: "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 I have won in all my career, by far."

Raheem Sterling hails his manager: "I'm just delighted, this is exactly what I came to the club for, to win trophies and be in these moments. The manager here...his mentality is the best. It's always about winning. I'm happy to be here learning and winning." This is the third title for Manchester City in Premier League history, they are third-ranked behind United (13) and Chelsea (5). Can they overpass Chelsea at least in the next years with Guardiola?


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