Admittedly, Manchester City always remained in front of Liverpool during this last breathless act. But in the end, the outcome of their eighth title of champion of England will leave supporters of the Citizens with a memory undoubtedly as strong as that of the third, in 2012, snatched thanks to a goal from Sergio Agüero at the last second of the last day, against QPR (3-2). Because the men of Pep Guardiola – who won a fourth English championship crown in five seasons, a huge performance in view of the competition in the Premier League – have come back from even further.
However, for the most part entered the lawn with their children, they were definitely not there in the first period. And the ripped strike from the right of Gabriel Jesus (31st) perfectly symbolized their immense tension during these initial 45 minutes, where they had only one real chance by Foden, who shot from the right side (24th).
And the game of City returned as if by magic…
Then on the only offensive action of the Villans – moreover superb, a cross from the left side Lucas Digne converted from the head by the right side Matty Cash (37th) – the men of Pep Guardiola put themselves in great danger by being led. After the break, Gabriel Jesus certainly had an equalizing ball (50th), but City especially came close to the worst, Watkins leaving his camp missing a huge ball from 2-0 (55th). It was only a postponement, because on a new counterattack, the former Liverpool attacking midfielder, Coutinho, scored a goal like Kylian Mbappé, closing his right foot at the last moment (69th).
Philippe Coutinho, ex-Liverpool, did not go far from offering the title to Liverpool. (Simon Stacpoole/Simon stacpoole / offside)
We thought then that City, literally beaten down, had only to pray that the Reds did not take the advantage against Wolves (it was 1-1 at that time) … But it was wrong know the Skyblueswho overturned everything in five minutes flat!
Thanks to a header from Gündogan, entered in the 68th minute, on a cross from Sterling (76th), also launched shortly before by Guardiola, then to a superb strike from the right of Rodri on an ideal back pass from Zinchenko (79th) and a new goal from Gündogan on a perfect serve from De Bruyne (81st). Three typical goals of the game finally become twirling advocated by Guardiola. The explosion of joy at the final whistle, with fans invading the Etihad pitch in a trance, could only be grandiose.
The quadruple dream is gone for the Reds
The Reds, winners of the League Cup, against Chelsea (0-0, 11-10 on pens, February 27) and the FA Cup (again against the Blues, 0-0, 6-5 on pens, May 14 ), will not achieve the fabulous quadruple, knowing that they will play the final of the Champions League, Saturday May 28 against Real Madrid, at the Stade de France.
Very quickly led 0-1 on a goal from Neto, served by Jimenez after a long clearance from Sa poorly appreciated by Konaté (3rd), Jürgen Klopp’s men had nevertheless « done the job », according to the established expression, in logically winning their match against Wolverhampton (3-1).
Thiago Alcantara, out in tears, possibly forfeited for the C1 final
But after having equalized quite quickly by Sadio Mané on a sublime heel from Thiago Alcantara (24th) – then left on injury in tears (45th + 4) and possibly forfeited for the C1 final – they only scored their two winning goals until after the City tornado.
Thiago Alcantara in discussion with Jürgen Klopp, after his injury exit. (PHIL NOBLE/Reuters)
And this in the 84th, by Mohamed Salah, who finished co-top scorer in the Premier League (with Son, from Tottenham, 23 goals), then in the 89th by Andrew Robertson with a nice recovery from the left. Inevitably disappointed, the Reds must quickly switch to Saint-Denis, where they will be in search of the 7th C1 in the history of the club.