Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Premier League winners City soak up fans' adulation in victory parade

Kristopher Love | 16 May, 2018, 00:16

Otherwise, it has been a wonderful season in the blue half of Manchester, and one pundit has claimed that this is now the Citizens' chance to go on and dominate the English top flight for years to come.

Substitute Gabriel Jesus hoisted a wonderful dinked effort into the Southampton net with only two seconds left in added time on Sunday to rack up the champions' 32nd Premier League win of the campaign, attaining a landmark and record-breaking century in the process.

Only record goalscorer, Argentinian Sergio Aguero, who is undergoing treatment back home on a knee injury to try and get fit for the World Cup finals, and Spanish forward David Silva - with his young child in Spain - were absent.

The Welsh side have seen their seven-year stay in the Premier League end after a 2-1 loss to Stoke on the last day of the season.

And while the Portuguese global has often found playing time scarce, such is the talent and ability of City's attacking line-up, Guardiola has nonetheless rubbished rumours linking the star away from the Etihad Stadium.

The 19 points between City and rivals Manchester United in second is the widest since the Premier League's inception in 1992.

The gap between sixth-place Arsenal and Burnley was nine points, with another five to eighth-place Everton, whose boring brand of football under manager Sam Allardyce has been widely derided.

They won't have the distraction of Champions League football of course, but Europa League commitments will still feature in next season's fixture list. This is the kind of footballing that makes real money betting fun. I told you the other day it was a pleasure to play with you my friend.

Manager Pep Guardiola shared his beer with a lucky fan before he took to stage with his players to greet the crowd.

In a two-minute message, Touré thanks the fans for supporting and pushing him, highlighting the fact he achieved his personal trophies at City such as four African Footballer of the Year awards in a row.

"As long as I'm a coach at Manchester City he's not going to go anywhere". Then again, he knows what he is doing too - it may be tough, but it isn't impossible that City could be on the cusp of a period of domination just as Alan Shearer has suggested.