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Monday, 12 May 2014

Manchester City worthy champions

After a long arduous campaign Manchester City were crowned champions of England for the second time in three years on Sunday and few people could say it wasn’t a deserved crown.

Finishing the season with a tally of 86 points, two ahead of runners-up Liverpool, Man City timed their run to perfection having seemingly handed the title to Liverpool when they lost there in early April.

This was despite popular belief not the deciding factor in the race for the title and upon Liverpool slipping up at Chelsea and Crystal Palace, City showed the ruthlessness required to be champions and capitalised winning their last five games.

City ended the season with the best attacking record in the league scoring 102 goals and conceding only 37, this resulted in an unrivalled goal difference of 65 making, far greater than any other team in the league.

In total, City mustered up 16 clean sheets for the season mainly thanks to a rejuvenated Joe Hart who had his struggles early on in the season but showed his quality in the run in to help City lift the title.

For all the neutrals it was important that the team that won the league played attractive attacking football and Manchester City certainly did that, despite his many injuries prolific striker Sergio Aguero still managed to accumulate 17 goals this season while main man Yaya Toure ended with a tally of 20.

City on their day were a force to be reckoned with brushing Arsenal and Spurs aside with ease when they visited the Etihad Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini deserves a lot of credit for City’s triumph, his calmness in defeat and ability to not get carried away has rubbed off on the players as they calmly secured the title without ever looking in doubt.

Pellegrini’s ability to keep all the players in the dressing room happy despite many of them getting little playing time is also something to be admired about the Chileans style of management.

At the start of the season City were favourites and rightly so, their entire squad is full of international stars all capable of performing week in week out, when you look at the names in the squad you see the likes of Toure, Silva, Kompany, Aguero and many more, a group of players who would expect to get a place in any starting 11 in world football.

The leaders in Manchester City’s squad were undoubtedly the men who swung the title in their favour and there is no better leader from the back in the Premier League at the moment than Vincent Kompany, his willingness to win and sheer determination rubs off on all his teammates and it was fitting he scored the goal that really sealed the title.

Yaya Toure is the other main reason the title has ended up in the blue side of Manchester this season, his remarkable skill and athleticism has seen him rack up 20 goals this season, an amazing amount for any midfielder.

The stats don’t lie, Manchester City are worthy Premier League champions and with a big summer ahead for teams like Man Utd and Liverpool it will be interesting to see will City be crowned Champions of England again this time next year.