The 2023/24 Premier League title race was intense

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Manchester City won the Premier League title for the fourth time in a row. It was an intense title race which went down to the final day. This was City’s sixth title in the last seven years. The Man City manager, Pep Guardiola has been excellent. Last year, Pep led City to a historic treble. Moreover, he has maintained their Premier League title hunger over the years. The men in light blue could do a double this season if they win the FA Cup. Having won one trophy this season which is the Premier League, they will surely be charged to win another. Manchester City will face Manchester United in the FA Cup finals, held on 25th May, at the Wembley Stadium. Currently, Pep’s side are the favorites to win, however, the Red Devils cannot be underestimated.

The two-way title race went down to the last Premier League game week

Initially, there was a three-way title race between Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool. Although Liverpool were the favorites to win considering it was Jurgen Klopp’s last season as their manager, they were the first to get out of the race. Liverpool’s two losses and two draws in six games led to their fall from the title race. That left us with two contenders that were Man City and Arsenal. The race between the two went down to the final game week. After game week 37, Man City were on top of the table with 88 points while Arsenal were second with 86 points. If the Blues lost the last game, Arsenal would have won the Premier League considering the 2-1 score line against Everton. However, the Blues won 3-1 in the thrilling encounter with West Ham at the Etihad, which led them to the 2023/24 title win.

What went down on ‘the final day’ of the Premier League?

While Manchester City were facing West Ham at the Etihad, the Gunners were facing Everton at the Emirates. As always, all ten Premier League games took place simultaneously. Arsenal had to get a win, as well as hope for a negative result for City on the final day. However, that was not the case. Man City took the lead in the first two minutes of the game with Phil Foden’s goal. Moreover, Foden got another goal minutes later. At the same time, Arsenal were a goal down with Everton taking the lead in the 40th minute, however, Takehiro Tomiyasu’s strike right before halftime leveled the game. During the second half, the Gunners were given slight relief after West Ham scored, however, it was not enough. City then got a two goal lead after Rodri’s goal. Towards the end, the Hammers scored another goal which gave the Arsenal fans hope but it was an offside. Despite Arsenal making a comeback and making the score line 2-1 in the second half, City were two points ahead.

What did Pep Guardiola say about his team’s performance?

The Man City manager was surely happy with his side’s display throughout the season. Although they got out of the Champions League, their season has been exceptional overall.

While speaking to Sky Sports, Pep Guardiola said,

“Today is the day to celebrate it. If people [told] me, ‘In the next seven years you are going to win six Premier Leagues,’ I will say, ‘You are unbelievable, it’s not going to happen.’ It happened.”

The Man City boss further explained,

“The Eighties belonged to Liverpool, with all the managers, and Graeme Souness, Ian Rush, all these players. Nineties was Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Scholes, Roy Keane. Of course, Mourinho with Chelsea, and some others. Now it’s our period.”

Despite the success, Pep is unsure for how long he will continue at the Etihad. He said that he has won all the trophies with City and that he has nothing left. However, he will be there next season for sure. Pep said that for now, he wants his players to enjoy the next few days before they begin working for the final.

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