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Man City makes history, wins fourth consecutive Premier League title

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By PHILIP NWOSU, Editor Online www.sunnewsonline.com

Manchester City has cemented their dominance in English football by becoming the first team in history to secure four consecutive Premier League titles, following a commanding 3-1 victory over West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

Under the guidance of manager Pep Guardiola, City’s domestic supremacy has reached a point where another league title feels almost routine. Entering the final game of the season, City needed only a win to claim the crown, and they delivered in style, reinforcing their status as the Premier League’s “great untouchables.”

Guardiola’s side has shown remarkable resilience and consistency, brushing aside the usual pressures and rewriting the record books with a string of performances that have become almost expected. Their achievement is so monumental that the real surprise would have been failing to clinch the title.

Manchester City has dominated the league, with 19 wins and four draws in their last 23 games since a loss to Aston Villa in December, a record that has surprised few. However, their success is shadowed by the ongoing narrative of 115 Premier League charges for alleged financial irregularities, which the club denies. These charges, lingering for over 15 months, cast a pall over each triumph, awaiting resolution.

On the pitch, City’s excellence is indisputable. Liverpool managed to outpace them during the disrupted 2019-20 season, winning the title by an 18-point margin. However, in other years, Liverpool and more recently Arsenal, have come close but failed to dethrone this football juggernaut.

City’s late-season surges have become a hallmark under Guardiola, breaking the hearts of rivals like Arsenal and Liverpool. Notably, City edged out Liverpool twice on the final day of the season: a 4-1 win at Brighton in 2018-19 and a dramatic comeback against Aston Villa in 2021-22, winning 3-2 to claim the title.

Building on the foundations laid by predecessors Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, Guardiola has refined City into a team of world-class talent. Erling Haaland’s lethal finishing, Kevin de Bruyne’s creative genius, and Phil Foden’s emergence as a top-tier talent with 27 goals this season have all been crucial.

Despite significant injuries to De Bruyne and Haaland, City’s depth shone through. Josko Gvardiol, signed from RB Leipzig, has impressed in various defensive roles, while goalkeeper Stefan Ortega’s crucial saves, such as in the 2-0 win over Tottenham, highlighted the squad’s collective strength.

City’s summer 2023 signings, including Jeremy Doku and Matheus Nunes, are yet to fully integrate, and occasional vulnerabilities have been noted. However, their ability to handle the finest margins of the title race without faltering has kept them on top.

The relentless pressure applied by City has often left their rivals with no room for error. In 2018-19, a run of 14 straight wins saw them edge Liverpool, despite Klopp’s team amassing 97 points and losing only once—to City. A similar scenario unfolded in 2021-22.

This season, Arsenal’s title hopes were dashed by a 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa, as City’s end-of-season momentum proved unstoppable. Guardiola’s squad combines immense talent with mental resilience, capable of sustained success that outstrips their competitors.

Looking ahead, City’s hunger for trophies remains undiminished. They are poised for a potential third domestic league and FA Cup double, facing Manchester United in a repeat of last season’s final at Wembley.

Although unable to replicate their historic Treble from last season, Manchester City has reaffirmed their position as the dominant force in English football, their insatiable drive for success as strong as ever.

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