Manchester City Wins Second EPL Title In Three Years

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city_champions_2218303cManchester City wrapped up their second Premier League title in three seasons thanks to an impressively calm victory against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side realistically only needed a point to secure the title and there was no repeat of the final-day drama of two years ago, when Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp strike against QPR ensured they became champions of England for the first time in 44 years.

City’s final-day victory ensured they won 17 out of 19 league games at fortress Etihad Stadium this season and took their goal tally to an outstanding 102 in the top flight during a superb debut season at the helm for their Chilean manager.

Despite the obvious tension around the ground, City – who welcomed leading scorer Aguero back from injury – were brimming with confidence after four consecutive victories and wasted no time in stamping their authority on the game against West Ham United.

Pellegrini’s side had already beaten West Ham three times this season, including a 6-0 hammering in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, and David Silva spurned a chance to give them an early lead when he volleyed over the crossbar at the back post 10 minutes in.

West Ham sat deep and were proving difficult to break down, but showed no attacking threat of their own and rarely got out of their own half.

And it came as no surprise when Nasri opened the scoring six minutes before the break.

The France midfielder was afforded too much space 20 yards from goal and made West Ham pay, as Adrian failed to keep out a right-footed strike that nestled just inside the far post.

Any nerves City may still have had were eased just four minutes after the break, when Edin Dzeko tried to bring down Nasri’s corner and the ball fell kindly for Kompany, who fired home from just six yards.

The impressive Zabaleta then provided a golden opportunity for Argentina team-mate Aguero to make it even more comfortable 67 minutes in, but the former Atletico Madrid man failed to get a decent contact on the ball from close range and the ball bounced back to a grateful Adrian.

The supporters whipped up a noisy atmosphere before flooding onto the pitch at the final whistle, which confirmed a second Premier League title in three years and City’s second trophy of the season.

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