Records tumble as Manchester City crowned Premier League Champions
Apr 16 2018 by Marjorie Miles
A week later than they would have preferred, Manchester City have been crowned Premier League champions as second-placed Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to bottom club West Bromwich Albion. Their dominance of the title race has been so emphatic and convincing that every one of their so-called rivals has been beaten by City at least once, and none of them has been able to prevent Pep Guardiola's team from winning the title with a month to spare.
But he said Guardiola's hunger and desire to get better had rubbed off on all the players, including himself. After consistently using #sharkteam in his social media posts, he explained to The Telegraph past year it was because he believes City are the "big shark and when teams swim up alongside us we gobble them up".
Manchester United hold the current record of Premier League winning margin of 18 points and City and breach this feat too.
"We've won the league for you, Man City, Man City", West Brom's fans chanted after the final whistle. Pep says: 'Do not lose the ball and stay in your position.' And you see that when they play. Having lost just two games all season, it's a remarkable achievement to win the title in April itself with five games remaining.
It's their first Premier League win under Guardiola, and given the plans implemented this season, you sense it won't be the last time they finish top of the pile under him.
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Then Khris Middleton forced overtime with an absurd 3-pointer at the buzzer that barely got off his fingertips in time. James Harden leads the team with 30.4 points per game while grabbing 5.4 boards and dishing out 8.8 assists a night.
But that should improve with Guardiola, who has a glowing track record of winning, especially league titles.
City's Champions League conqueror moved ever closer to sealing its place in the competition next season as Liverpool cruised past Bournemouth with Salah again taking centrestage.
Key men Fernandinho and David Silva are in their thirties now but much more can be still be expected of Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva alongside Kevin de Bruyne, the league's outstanding player this season. Nobody is disappointed the coronation happened because United lost a game - it only happened because City have been awesome.
This is the deafening level of dominance that the team once famously derided as "noisy neighbours" by Ferguson will now be out to cement after what could still end up as an unprecedented 100-goal, 100-point season.
"My third league but this one is the most special", he wrote on his official Twitter account. The situation meant the club's retail team would have been confident in manufacturing and preparing league champions-branded clothing and memorabilia before the title was confirmed.