Manchester City celebrated their third consecutive Premier League title by beating Chelsea in a relaxed party atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium.
City were confirmed champions without even playing after Nottingham Forest’s win over Arsenal on Saturday saw manager Pep Guardiola make nine changes from a side that beat Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final.
Erling Haaland was rested but Julian Alvarez delivered a state-of-the-art technique in his absence to give City the lead after 12 minutes as their jubilant fans basked in the warm sunshine as they awaited the trophy presentation and celebrations.
Chelsea were given some better chances as the game wore on, with Manchester City’s assistant goalkeeper Stefan Ortega making a clean save from Raheem Sterling and Conor Gallas Gerr headed the goal.
Calvin Phillips headed home to help City win again in a relentless run that brought them the title and a chance of the Treble, the FA Cup final at Wembley and the Champions League final in Istanbul coming soon.
Manchester City show strength
The hosts played under pressure after winning the title and manager Pep Guardiola was able to give his shadow squad some game time when most fans were just waiting for the final whistle to cheer their heroes.
Just one look at City’s bench and Guardiola’s selection speaks volumes of the talent he has at his disposal.
Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, Jack Grealish, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and goalkeeper Ederson were able to rule this game out.
Is there a more talented backup than that?
When those two big finals come around, they could both be back in form, but if they do need to, it’s a testament to what the rest of the team must overcome if they are to loosen City’s domestic stranglehold, and now it gives them the opportunity for their first. A Champions League.
Alvarez, the striker, may have worked in Haaland’s shadow for most of the season, but what a valuable acquisition he is, what a season he’s had and he has the chance to play for Argentina Win the World Cup.
The Premier League once again belongs to Manchester City – now Wembley Stadium and Istanbul Stadium.
Chelsea must be ready to restart
Chelsea may have had some good chances here, only to lose by one goal to the newly crowned champions, but they showed all the face of a team and club who can’t wait for a miserable season to come to an end.
Frank Lampard saw time on the touchline before leaving the manager for a second time as Chelsea’s players awaited the arrival of incoming Mauricio Pochettino Explore future prospects.
There is talent in this squad, but they, and Chelsea as a club, lack direction under new co-ownership of Todd Boli and Bedard Egbaly, and the time has come to start making the big decisions right.
Pochettino will come to Stamford Bridge with a lower standard, but there is some material to use, provided he is allowed to have his own way, and his strong attacking style could mold this team into a club for a while. An excellent team.
For now, however, Chelsea must go through the paperwork of a hopeless campaign and they are currently 12th and deservedly so.
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At the end of the game, Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea.
At the end of the second half, Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea.
Attempt failed. Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) header from 6 yards to the left of the box is just a little too high. Assisted by Mykhailo Mudryk, cross from the corner.
Corner, Chelsea. Phil Foden concedes a goal.
Attempt failed. Mykhailo Mudryk (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Carney Chukwuemeka.
Foul by Julián Álvarez (Man. City).
Enzo Fernandes (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
Attempt failed. Julian Alvarez (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box after a corner is too high.
Attempt to be blocked. Cole Palmer (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Stones.
Corner, Manchester City. Kalidou Koulibaly concedes.
Substitution, Chelsea. Christian Pulisic replaces Kai Havertz.
Corner, Manchester City. Kalidou Koulibaly concedes.
Substitution, Chelsea. Carney Chukwuemeka replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Substitution, Chelsea. Kalidou Koulibaly replaces Lewis Hall.
Substitution, Manchester City. Rodri replaces Aymeric Laporte.
Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Sergio Gómez.
Foul by Calvin Phillips (Man. City).
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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