Without even playing on Sunday, Manchester City won the English Premier League after their nearest challenger Manchester United were shocked with a 1-0 loss at home, to bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion.
This is City’s third title in seven seasons and easily its most convincing, with Pep Guardiola’s team 16 points clear and still having five games to play this season.
“We’ve won you the league, Manchester City, we’ve won you the league,” sang West Brom’s fans near the end of the game.
By completing the job after 33 games, City have emulated the achievement of United, who also secured the crown with five matches to spare in 2001.
The Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, said City’s consistency had earned them the title. “Manchester City won the title because they won more points than everybody else, because yesterday they won against Tottenham, because during the season they lost only two matches,” he said.
“Our Time. Our City. Premier League Champions 17/18,” City tweeted soon after the final whistle when the fifth English top-flight title of its history was assured.
City boss Pep Guardiola had planned a day of golf with his son Marius on Sunday, so the Spaniard might have learned of his first Premier League while on the course.
Speaking after the win over Tottenham, Guardiola admitted winning the title in England would be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career. He won three league titles with Barcelona and twice lifted the Champions League trophy during his Camp Nou reign.
The 47-year-old also took the German title three times with Bayern Munich, but he believes the unique strength in depth and physical demands of the Premier League makes this triumph among his very best.