With an opening day 1-all draw against Everton, some pessimists might have flagged off Manchester City’s chances of winning the EPL but an amazing run of wins must have shattered such insinuations. Great fitness, extremely talented and young players, performers at their various peaks, few old but definitely not tired legs and excellent youngsters have made sure City’s season is no Cinderella story but one of greater art and mastery.
Masters of explosive football, with focus laid on ball recovery and deep penetration, the Citizens have blown teams away with reckless abandon and have since a long time ago, stamped their feet as unarguably the best team in the whole of Britain. With 87 points in the bag and five games to go, Sheikh Mansour’s billions have taken effect at the Etihad as meticulous signings have greatly and immeasurably improved the team. The only times they have dropped points this season are against Liverpool, Burnley and Everton. Having done their business of winning against an equally good Tottenham team, Man City’s focus turned to the Old Trafford where a loss against West Brom will ensure City are the runaway leaders of arguably the world’s most difficult league, and it happened. A 73rd minute Jay Rodriguez strike helped City become early champions as they create a joint record.
Guardiola, who has won seven league titles in nine years of management for three teams in three different countries, admitted last week it would feel like “one of the best”.
“It’s more difficult (to win in England),” he said. “Physicality, weather conditions, the amount of games; the Premier League is so tough.
Pep Guardiola celebrates with his players
“That’s why winning next week, hopefully we will, it will remain in our hearts forever. It’s one of the best by far. Winning titles in every league is important, with Barcelona was special. But the Premier League is one of the nicest and most important.” He said last week.
Manchester City are the champions of England and are worthy winners in all ramifications.