- Pep Guardiola’s Men Crowned Champions After West Brom’s Shock Win At Old Trafford
The Blues’ third title was confirmed on Sunday as fierce rivals Manchester United suffered a shock defeat at home to West Brom. And it was so shocking it caught Vincent Kompany out.
He was in wife Carla Higgs’ family home – watching the game with a United fan – before he invited City players around for a Jamie Vardy-style ‘knees up.’
In fact when he was facetiming pal Kevin de Bruyne Carla’s Nan shouts ‘do they want to come round?’ in footage he put on Facebook Live.
This was all after Jay Rodriguez headed the only goal in the second half to give the basement boys all three points at the Theatre of Dreams and send the Premier League trophy across Manchester to the Etihad.
City sit 16 points clear of United in the standings with just five games and 15 points left to play for.
Pep Guardiola’s side had the opportunity to seal the title last week when they played the Red Devils at the Etihad, but squandered a 2-0 half-time lead to lose 3-2 and stretch the season out.
But they put the pressure on United by beating Tottenham 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday night and were rewarded as their rivals slipped up less than 24 hours later.
Former Barcelona boss Guardiola said on Saturday evening he would not be watching events unfold at Old Trafford due to being on the golf course.
But Raheem Sterling, who won man of the match, said he would be tuning in from his sofa to hopefully see his Premier League winners’ medal confirmed.
It’s City’s third title after triumphs in 2012 and 2014.
The Blues took straight to Twitter after being confirmed as champions and posted: “Our Time. Our City.”
Vincent Kompany added: “Champions!!!!!! What a great feeling!! So happy to be able to share another trophy with our amazing fans!”
Man City’s season in numbers
7 – Pep Guardiola has won the top-flight league title in seven of his nine seasons as a manager, with the only exceptions being 2011-12 at Barcelona and 2016-17 at Manchester City
21 – top-scorer Sergio Aguero’s league goal tally this season, third in the division behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Harry Kane
15 – Kevin De Bruyne leads the top flight in assists. Eleven apiece from Leroy Sane and David Silva mean City have the top three in that category
25 – goals conceded, the best record in this season’s top flight
14 – clean sheets, ranking second in the league behind United (16)
5 – City have won the Premier League title with five games remaining; equalling the English top-flight record. They have equalled the efforts of Manchester United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85) who all won the top-flight title with five games to spare
240 – Manchester City’s 240 day total at the top of the league in 2017-18 is just one day fewer than Manchester United have spent at the top of the Premier League (in season) since Sergio Aguero’s goal won the title in May 2012 (241)
18 – The record top-flight winning run achieved by City between August 26 against Bournemouth and December 27 at Newcastle. Crystal Palace ended the run with a goalless draw on New Year’s Eve
2 – Defeats this season, January’s 4-3 loss to Liverpool and the 3-2 home reverse to United
8 – City are only five points off Chelsea’s record for a Premier League season, set in the 2004-05 season. Two wins from their last few games will be enough to set a new mark
1 – Pep Guardiola is the first Spanish manager to win the English top-flight title
2.64 – Points per game at Manchester City in the Premier League this season; his second-best ever average in a top-flight league season as a manager, behind his first season at Bayern Munich in 2013-14 (2.65)