Five key games that won Manchester City the title
13 May 2019
Manchester City clinched back-to-back Premier League titles for the first time in the club’s history with a 4-1 victory over Brighton.
Going into the final day of the season just a point ahead of Liverpool, City fell behind to Glenn Murray’s header, but goals from Sergio Agüero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and İlkay Gündoğan sealed the title.
It means City have taken 198 points over the last two seasons and here are five key games that handed City a second title in as many years.
Man City 3-1 Man United
Man City were setting high standards, leading the title race heading into the Manchester derby on November 10.
City had fallen short in this fixture last season, losing 3-2 after going 2-0 up in a game that would’ve seen them become champions if they’d won.
But goals from David Silva, Agüero and a magnificent team goal, rounded off by Gündoğan, gave City the win that avenged last season’s heartache.
Man City 2-1 Liverpool
Pep Guardiola’s men headed into a huge clash with Liverpool seven points off the league leaders and needing a victory to narrow the gap.
Up stepped Agüero, smashing the ball home from a tight angle to take the lead.
Liverpool equalised through Roberto Firmino before Leroy Sané lashed in a late winner to inflict a first, and only, defeat of the season on the Reds.
Man City 1-0 Spurs
Just days after going out to Tottenham in a dramatic UEFA Champions League quarter-final, City faced Spurs again at the Etihad, looking to keep their Premier League ambitions on track.
City managed to regain their composure following an emotional night and swept past Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
It was a special day for Phil Foden who flicked home Agüero’s header after just four minutes to notch up a first ever Premier League goal and take City a step closer to the title.
Man City 1-0 Leicester City
Having seen Liverpool down Newcastle at St James’ Park, the pressure was on City to respond and go back to the top of the table.
Leicester had taken points at Liverpool and Chelsea before heading to the Etihad where they stifled their opponents.
With the game locked at 0-0 and only 15 minutes remaining, the title looked to be slipping away from City before captain Vincent Kompany stepped up with a rocket.
The Belgian’s wonder strike settled the nervy contest and meant City went into the final day with the advantage over Liverpool.
Brighton 1-4 Man City
City had won 13 straight games heading into the final day and one more win would be enough to make the club Premier League champions.
An early goal at Anfield saw Liverpool leapfrog City on the final day before matters got worse when Glenn Murray nodded home to give Brighton the lead.
But City responded like champions, equalising within two minutes and then taking the lead before half-time.
Two more second half efforts confirmed the crown and meant City were the first team to defend the Premier League in a decade.