Cape Town – Manchester City were crowned Premier League
champions on Sunday after neighbours Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Bromwich
Albion at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola’s side won the league with
five games to spare, but in a manner most unexpected following a slip-up by
their city rivals.
United denied the Citizens from being
coronated at the Etihad Stadium last weekend as they fought back from two goals
down to claim a shock 3-2 win in the 176th Manchester derby.
However, the Red Devils handed the title to
City in tame fashion after Jay Rodriguez clinched a rare victory for the
rock-bottom Baggies with his 73rd-minute header.
Guardiola conquered England in only his
second season at Eastlands, with his team having lost just twice in 33 matches
and went unbeaten in the top flight until January 14 when Liverpool ended that
amazing run at Anfield.
The Spaniard has also won the domestic
double after guiding the club to victory in the EFL Cup with a 3-0 win over Arsenal
in the final on February 25.
City captain Vincent Kompany watched the United-West Brom match at home with his family while his father in-law, a Manchester United
fan, was present as the Red Devils slipped up.
Later that evening, the 32-year-old met up
with a few City players at a local pub to celebrate triumph and was then caught
on video giving an inspiring speech.
“If there are kids in the room, cover
their ears or send them out,” Kompany said.
“It’s been a f***ing long journey.
Especially if you have been a Blue for more than 40 years in your heart.
“But tonight – we win it again! So,
let’s celebrate together. Come on!”
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??? Vincent Kompany gives a class speech in a pub with some of the players and City fans…
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) April 15, 2018