The new merciless struggle between Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League has once again turned in favor of Pep Guardiola’s men. The Cityzens are crowned champions of England for the 8th time in their history after their stunning victory, acquired in the space of 6 minutes, against Aston Villa (3-2) this Sunday.
We take the same and start again. As at the end of the 2018-2019 season, Manchester City and Liverpool fought a phenomenal distance duel in the final sprint to sit on the throne of the Premier League. As three years ago, a small point separates these two formations, leading the race for many weeks, in the standings after 38 days. And, once again, it is the Cityzens who have the last word in this epilogue to a 2021-2022 exercise that will be remembered across the Channel.
Incredible scenario for a 4th title in 5 years, the 6th in 11 seasons
What could be better than a completely crazy scenario, in an equally crazy multiplex this Sunday afternoon, to come and close an exercise that is also insane? Led 0-2 at home by Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, including a goal from another former Liverpool player, Philippe Coutinho, ready to offer a nice gift to his former team, City turned the situation around by scoring three goals in just 6 short minutes to finally win against the Villans (3-2). Again, the Cityzens did not tremble and showed a disconcerting serenity. Because, at the same time, the Reds did the job by winning a very rhythmic meeting at Anfield against Wolverhampton (3-1).
Thanks to this new title of champion of England acquired with brio, the eighth in the history of the Sky Blues, Manchester City thus retains its crown in the Kingdom of Her Majesty. Eliminated from all the other competitions in which they were engaged, Pep Guardiola’s men will at least be able to celebrate a trophy, and not the least, at the end of the 2021-2022 season during which they will only have lost at only one recovery away from their bases (3 defeats in total, 1 more than an undefeated Liverpool at home).
The assist of 10 for Guardiola at City
While waiting to roll out the red carpet to Erling Haaland for a reinforcement that promises to blast the front of the Mancunian attack, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden Gabriel Jesus and their partners have proven that they are more than ever installed on the roof of England. Even if Jürgen Klopp’s band gave them a few cold sweats. The eight-point lead over the Reds, established on Matchday 22, melted like snow in the sun. Liverpool have come dangerously close to Man City, overtaking their rival on a provisional basis in recent weeks.
Not enough to make the residents of the Etihad Stadium flinch, however, who resisted the pressure without flinching and without ever really giving the impression of being reachable. The style of play of Pep Guardiola and his troops, made of possession and constant pressure around the opposing goal, paid off again. Enough to offer the Catalan technician his 4th championship title (after 2018, 2019 and 2021) since his arrival in England. His 10th trophy overall. Deprived of a quadruple, Liverpool can still hope to achieve the treble (Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup). Can’t wait for the next episode in the Premier League.