Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Leicester on CL course
United blunder gives Man City the championship title
The championship of the Citizens was foreseeable. The title win through a defeat of city rivals Manchester United tastes all the sweeter to the fans of the Skyblues. United conqueror Leicester can hope for the premier class.
Manchester City are English football champions for the seventh time. Starcoach Pep Guardiola’s team has three game days before the end of the Premier League season ten points ahead of runners-up Manchester United, who lost 2-1 (1-1) to Leicester City. This means that United can no longer push their local rivals from first place. For Guardiola, the focus is now on the Champions League final.
Man City benefited from a strong Leicester appearance at Old Trafford. Luke Thomas (10th minute) and the former Freiburg Çaglar Söyüncü (66th) shot the Guardiola team to the title. Mason Greenwood (15th) had meanwhile equalized for Man United.
“Champions of England … again,” wrote the city star and German national soccer player Ilkay Gündogan on Twitter. “I would have preferred to celebrate this moment after my own game, but I take it that way. What a season!” Gündogan also thanked Söyüncü in Turkish: “Thank you, Bro!” It is the second title for Manchester City this season.
View goes towards the CL final
In April, the club won the league cup for the fourth time in a row. Last week, City made it into the final of the Champions League for the first time in club history with a 2-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain, where they face Chelsea again on May 29. In the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the former Bayern coach Guardiola and his team failed because of the Londoners trained by Thomas Tuchel. The Citizens had a bumpy start to this season.
The Guardiola-Elf won only three of the first eight Premier League games. On the second day of the match, Man City suffered a violent 2: 5 clap against Leicester City at home. City also suffered a 2-0 defeat in November at Tottenham Hotspur, who were now beaten by sixth in the table, at that time with coach José Mourinho. But as the season progressed, Guardiola’s team found their form again, while the competition stumbled.
On matchday 20, Man City took the lead for the first time and has not been displaced from first place since then. With victories against rivals such as Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Leicester, the front runner continued to expand his lead. The formidable German national football player Ilkay Gündogan, who himself contributed twelve goals to the championship, also played a decisive role in the success. Other top performers are the former Wolfsburg Kevin De Bruyne, the only 20-year-old midfield star Phil Foden and defender Ruben Dias, who moved to Manchester last summer and turned out to be a real reinforcement.
Big Six wiggle vigorously
Of the so-called English Big Six, only Man United and Chelsea had something to oppose the Abu Dhabi-funded club. The Red Devils won 2-0 at Etihad Stadium in March. Chelsea prevailed there on Saturday. Leeds United also caused a sensation in April when Marcelo Bielsa’s side surprisingly won 2-1 in Manchester when they were outnumbered – but for Man City the setbacks were nothing more than delays. It is the third championship title for Guardiola, Gündogan and Co. in the past four years.
They have won 25 out of 35 games this season so far. They drew five times, only five times they left the pitch as a loser. The club owners from Abu Dhabi should only be completely satisfied when Manchester City crowns the season on May 29 with the long-awaited triumph in the Champions League.