Manchester City Cruise to Historic Fourth Premier League Title in a Row Getty

Manchester City Cruise to Historic Fourth Premier League Title in a Row

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Football

May 20th, 2024

Manchester City etched their names in Premier League history books, securing their fourth consecutive Premier League title with a dominant 3-1 victory over West Ham United. This historic feat places Pep Guardiola's men in a league of their own, surpassing even the legendary Manchester United squads of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Foden Shines as Manchester City secure fourth Premier League Title

The title celebrations began almost as soon as the whistle blew. Phil Foden, the newly crowned Premier League Player of the Season, wasted no time, unleashing a thunderbolt from outside the box in the second minute. The unstoppable strike left Alphonse Areola with no chance, sending the Etihad Stadium into a frenzy.

Foden wasn't done yet. Just 16 minutes later, he doubled City's lead, converting Jeremy Doku's low cross with another clinical finish. This goal sent shivers down the spines of Arsenal fans in London, further cementing City's grip on the title. With 19 goals and 8 assists this season, Foden solidified his status as a future superstar.

West Ham Threaten, But City Regain Control

A moment of vulnerability threatened to derail City's momentum just before half-time. West Ham's Mohammed Kudus pulled one back with a spectacular overhead kick after City failed to clear their lines. The goal left Pep Guardiola visibly frustrated on the bench, highlighting the importance of maintaining focus throughout the game.

However, City quickly regained control in the second half. Rodri put the game to bed with 30 minutes remaining, converting Bernardo Silva's layoff with a composed side-footed finish. While Areola might have done better to keep the shot out, the goal ultimately sealed the fate of the match.

Dominant Display from the Champions

Manchester City's performance throughout the match was nothing short of dominant. They controlled possession with an overwhelming 74%, peppering the West Ham goal with 28 shots (12 on target). They also managed a staggering 54 touches in the box compared to West Ham's meager 7. This dominance was further reflected in the number of saves Areola was forced to make - a staggering 9 compared to City's Ederson who had a relatively quiet afternoon.

No Need to Rely on Others

In the end, City's victory over West Ham proved to be a mere formality. Even if they had drawn the match, Arsenal's draw against Everton at the Emirates wouldn't have been enough to dethrone them. However, City refused to settle for anything less than a full-fledged victory, showcasing their relentless desire to win.

This historic fourth consecutive Premier League title is a testament to Pep Guardiola's tactical brilliance and the incredible talent within the Manchester City squad. With their dominance seemingly unshakable, it will be fascinating to see how they approach the upcoming season and whether they can extend their reign at the top of English football.

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