Manchester City confirmed as Premier League champions

Manchester City have been confirmed as 2017/18 Premier League champions after West Bromwich Albion’s shock 1-0 win at Manchester United.

The leaders moved an insurmountable 16 points clear of United with five matches remaining, thanks to Jay Rodriguez’s late strike at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola becomes the third Man City manager to claim the Premier League title, after Roberto Mancini, in 2011/12, and Manuel Pellegrini, in 2013/14.

City have dominated this season, racking up 87 points with a goal difference of +68, after winning 28, drawing three and losing just two of their 33 fixtures so far.

They are eight points adrift of the Premier League record for points in a season, Chelsea’s 95 in 2004/05, and can become the first team to break the 100-point barrier, with a total of 102 possible from their remaining five fixtures.

The League high of 30 wins in a campaign, earned by Antonio Conte’s Chelsea last season, is also in City’s sights.

Vincent Kompany is the captain of the Premier League champions for the third time but he is already eyeing more success for him and his Manchester City team-mates next season. Unlike his head coach, Pep Guardiola, who went to play golf, Kompany watched the match at Old Trafford on TV.

Shortly after celebrating the final whistle, Kompany declared that City have the potential to perform even better than the brilliant standards they set this campaign.

“I want to see if this team has got it to carry on and be even more successful,” City captain Kompany told Sky Sports.

“Today I am happy and I suppose my team-mates might roll their eyes at this but I want to see the reaction now.

“I am maybe the first one to be thinking about next season but I like to stay humble that’s it’s not a dynasty; it’s just one title.

“We are so happy and it’s brilliant but there is still so much work to be done before the whole potential of the team is unlocked.”

 

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