Manchester city once again, In the end, there was to be no denying. No excruciating tension to endure as Brighton & Hove Albion heaved to repel the barrage whipped up by the visitors on the south coast, and no nail-biting finale as news filtered through of Liverpool fc goals on distant Merseyside at anfield.

What the amazing tension that existed here would be lanced a little after the hour-mark. Everything thereafter was a celebration of the champions’ enduring excellence ever.

Brighton fc 1-4 Manchester City: champions retain Premier League title.

They have been challenged this year, stretched wonderfully by Liverpool’s startling progress under the team manager Jürgen Klopp, but manchester City, with 98 points gleaned across two seasons league title, have ultimately proved irresistible. Pep Guardiola had appeared agitated at times, the perfectionist in him piqued while his team’s lead was still slender. But, as Riyad Mahrez skipped back inside to leave Lewis Dunk crumpled on the turf before ripping a glorious right-footed finish into the top corner beyond Maty Ryan, the outpouring was actually one of perfect joy rather than relief. For the first time in a decade, the Premier League had been retained, so so wonderful.

But on the visitors’ bench spilled out on to the turf, the goalscorer lost in the mess of bodies as substitutes and teammates celebrated. They knew there would be no coming back for either Albion or Liverpool fc from this. Ilkay Gündogan’s sumptuous free-kick would add further gloss to this latest victory, a 32 from 38 fixtures this season, with City’s 95th league goal of the campaign. Again the finish could not have been more precise, arrowed unerringly into the top corner while Ryan grasped at thin air. Pep Guardiola would even grant his inspirational captain, Vincent Kompany, the chance to leave the pitch five minutes from time to enjoy his own ovation from fans, so comfortable were City in their advantage. This is the Belgian’s fourth title, in football history.


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