Manchester City were awarded the Premier League trophy on Sunday following their 1-0 win over Chelsea at the Etihad.
The champions named an understrength side for the game, with Kalvin Phillips handed his first Premier League start under Pep Guardiola. Stefan Ortega, Sergio Gomez, Rico Lewis and Cole Palmer were also brought into the starting line-up, while Julian Alvarez scored the only goal of the game.
City already knew ahead of kick-off that they would be crowned champions after Arsenal lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, and there was certainly a party atmosphere at the Etihad for the visit of Frank Lampard’s men.
A sunny day and a fresh banner outside the ground celebrating City winning ‘three in a row’ set the scene, even if the on-field action somewhat underwhelmed. But the home fans didn’t care and the final whistle was greeted by the expected, yet slightly depressing, pitch invasion from the supporters.
After they were cleared, the stage was set up and a few renditions of Blue Moon and Wonderwall boomed out around the stadium, all the City players came back onto the pitch and filled up one by one to collect their winners’ medals as their names were read aloud. The club’s backroom staff and coaching team were also on the Etihad pitch, while Pep Guardiola collected a fifth Premier League title, a record only Sir Alex Ferguson can better.
Ex- City man Alex Williams handed the trophy over to captain Ilkay Gundogan in honour of the former’s 33 years of service at City In The Community.
Watch the video above to see the moment the German midfielder proudly lifted the trophy above his head.