20 May 2024, 10:18

Man City win historic fourth straight Premier League title

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 20, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - Manchester City
created English football history on Sunday, beating West Ham 3-1 to win their
fourth straight Premier League title and break Arsenal's hearts as Jurgen
Klopp made an emotional Liverpool exit.

Phil Foden scored two early goals -- including one after 79 seconds -- at an
expectant Etihad to lay the foundations for City's victory.

West Ham's Mohammed Kudus pulled a goal back with a spectacular overhead kick
to give Arsenal renewed hope but Rodri struck just before the hour mark to
effectively wrap up the title.

The Gunners, without a Premier League trophy since 2004, came from a goal
down to beat Everton 2-1 but had to content themselves with second place for
a second straight season after they finished two points behind City's tally
of 91.

The champions' relentless surge to the finishing line has included 19 wins
and four draws since their last defeat in the league, at Aston Villa in early

City, who have now won six titles in seven seasons, stand alone as the only
English team to have won four straight top-flight titles, eclipsing the
achievements of the great Liverpool and Manchester United teams of the past.

"When I moved here, if someone had said I would win six leagues in seven
seasons I would say 'You're insane -- no way'," said City manager Pep

"All these players for Manchester United and Liverpool and Chelsea, all these
teams. Now is our period. We are part of that."

But while City have set new standards in English football, they remain under
a cloud as a result of 115 Premier League charges for alleged financial
irregularities, levelled early last year.

Elsewhere on the final day of the Premier League season, Luton's relegation
was confirmed with a 4-2 loss at home to Fulham. They will join Burnley and
Sheffield United in the Championship next season.

Tottenham beat Sheffield United 3-0 to seal fifth spot and a place in next
season's Europa League while Chelsea guaranteed a sixth-place finish and
European football with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth.

Newcastle's 4-2 win at Brentford condemned Manchester United to an eighth-
place finish -- their lowest since 1990.

Erik ten Hag's men, who beat Brighton 2-0 in Roberto De Zerbi's last game in
charge of the south coast club, have a chance to salvage something from a
disastrous season in next week's FA Cup final against City.

But if United lose that they will miss out on European football.

- Foden magic -

Foden, 23, has enjoyed his most impressive season yet for City, taking his
tally to 27 goals in all competitions on Sunday, together with 11 assists.

The England midfielder opened the scoring on Sunday in the second minute with
a vicious left-footed shot from outside the penalty area, settling nerves
among the home fans. He then stroked the ball into the net in the 18th minute
after an assist from Jeremy Doku.

The title race briefly came alive again when Takehiro Tomiyasu side-footed
home to level for Arsenal at the Emirates before Kudus pulled one back for
West Ham.

The atmosphere became more subdued at the Etihad but the visitors rarely
threatened again in David Moyes's final game in charge for the visitors and
Rodri's goal in the 59th minute ultimately made the game safe.

Kai Havertz's late winner for Arsenal proved irrelevant.

Arteta gave a rousing speech to the fans in the immediate aftermath of the
match, urging them to crave more.

"All this is happening because you started believing, you started to be
patient and started to understand what we tried to do," he said.

"All the credit has to go to the players and the staff. Don't be satisfied.
We want much more than that and we're going to get it."

Klopp ended his Liverpool reign with a 2-0 win at home to Wolves but the
match was merely a sideshow as the fans paid a warm tribute to a manager who
has transformed the club since arriving in 2015.

"It doesn't feel like an end," the German told a packed Anfield. "It just
feels like a start. Today I saw a football team play full of talent, youth,
creativity, desire, greed."

He added: "We have this wonderful stadium, training centre and you -- the
superpower of world football. Wow."



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