Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

No European glory, but City's Guardiola shows grit to retain title

No European glory, but City's Guardiola shows grit to retain title

Trophy-hunting had now become, explained one of their young luminaries Leroy Sane, like a "kind of addiction. you just want to win it again and again".

A bigger spanner in the works would be the prospect of disqualification from the Champions League for a season as Uefa continues to investigate allegations of financial doping but City are confident they have not broken any rules and their finances and activities are above board.

City and Liverpool went into the last weekend knowing exactly what was at stake.

"When you win two in a row in this country with all these incredible managers and players, it's because we've done really, really well".

If City were to win a third straight title, it would be the first time since Manchester United achieved the feat between 2007 and 2009 under Alex Ferguson. "Today feels not so good but we have plenty of time to prepare for an important game in three weeks".

There is the threat of a transfer ban from Federation Internationale de Football Association for alleged irregularities relating to the signing of players under 18 from overseas hanging over the club.

That, ultimately, cost Liverpool the title. "Blow the whistle now ref!", bellowed a Liverpool fan at the back of the room.

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The only other Reds batter to reach was Winker, who got aboard on an error by Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman in the fourth. Jurickson Profar drove in both runs for the Athletics with an RBI double in the second and a solo home run in the seventh.

However, City were level immediately through Sergio Aguero before Aymeric Laporte gave the Citizens the lead.

He has fostered an environment for excellence and given the vast resources Man City have, the structure they have in place at the club and Guardiola leading every key soccer decision, they are set up to dominate for the next decade.

Equity sales senior vice-president Vincent Ang, 55, who has supported the Citizens since 1977, said: "The match was nerve-wracking but I was confident".

City have won the last four meetings with Brighton in all competitions, including two this season - a 2-0 Premier League victory and a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley. That's clear. We need to be very, very close to perfection to win the Premier League as long as this is the case.

At that stage the title was heading to Anfield, though, as Mane's 17th-minute goal had Liverpool ahead against Wolves.

"The team made so many big steps in the previous year. There's no changing teams".

"I think (Manchester) United must come back, Chelsea one more year with (Maurizio) Sarri will be better, Tottenham we have seen (get to the) final of the Champions League and Arsenal, when they make what they have to do, will be there as well". If you would have thought before the season that we would have 97 points everyone would have taken it but then somebody decided there is another team with 98 points.

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