English Premier League Champions: Top Six Games That Shaped Manchester City’s Title Triumph


It is another triumph for a City side who have strengthened their claim as one of the best of the Premier League era, with the prospect of the Champions League to follow ahead of a maiden final against Chelsea later this month. Following the club’s coronation as Premier League winners, we look at six games that shaped the club’s title-winning 2020/21 season.

Manchester City 2-5 Leicester

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester ran riot in a stunning 5-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Man City dominated early on and took the lead through Riyad Mahrez's superb half volley with his weaker right foot from 15 yards (4), but Leicester equalised with their first shot on goal as Kyle Walker tripped Vardy in the box; the England striker duly converted the penalty (37). With Leicester's second shot, Vardy produced a stunning flick beyond Ederson from close range (54), before again winning a penalty, this time from Eric Garcia's foul, and converting for 3-1 (58). Sub Maddison made it four with a screamer from 25 yards, curled into the top corner (77), before Nathan Ake's header looked to have made the scoreline look slightly more respectable (84). But Youri Tielemans rounded off a fabulous win, and a nightmare day for the hosts, slotting a penalty after Benjamin Mendy had fouled Maddison (88).

Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City

The game started with Heung-Min Son scoring in the fifth minute of the game, while Tanguy Ndombele assisted it. Manchester City replied with an Aymeric Laporte goal in the 27th minute but VAR had different plans as the goal was ruled out due to a handball by Gabriel Jesus in the build-up. The second half saw Tottenham Hotspur firing again with the help of Giovani Lo Celso, assisted by Harry Kane. City then lost their way in the game, while Spurs took the backseat after their second goal and won the game with a clean sheet.

Manchester City 1-1 West Brom

Manchester City lost more ground in the Premier League title race as battling West Brom earned a crucial point with a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Man City needed a response after their pedestrian Manchester derby performance and took the lead on the half hour thanks to Ilkay Gundogan's clinical strike, but the Baggies hit back before the break as Semi Ajayi's strike deflected in off Ruben Dias (43). Man City laid siege to the West Brom goal in the second half but found Sam Johnstone in inspired form as a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick and stoppage-time headers from Gundogan and Raheem Sterling were brilliantly kept out. The draw leaves City sixth in the table, five points behind leaders Tottenham and Liverpool, while 19th-placed West Brom move to within two points of safety after securing an unexpected yet thoroughly-deserved point.

Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City

Manchester City produced a ruthless attacking display to cruise past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and increase the pressure on manager Frank Lampard. The visitors, who were without a number of first-team players following an outbreak of coronavirus at the club, stunned Chelsea with three goals in 16 first-half minutes. Ilkay Gundogan's crisp low finish broke the deadlock and Phil Foden doubled City's lead three minutes later, tucking a superb first-time strike beyond Edouard Mendy after fine work from Kevin de Bruyne. De Bruyne deservedly got his name on the scoresheet with a close-range finish after Raheem Sterling's curling strike had rebounded off the woodwork. Callum Hudson-Odoi scored in second-half stoppage time for Chelsea, firing Kai Havertz's cross beyond Premier League debutant Zack Steffen. The result lifted City up to fifth in the table, four points off Liverpool and Manchester United with a game in hand on both. Chelsea, who would have gone top had they beaten Everton on 12 December, drop to eighth.

Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City

Alisson was punished for a chaotic second-half spell as Manchester City stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League after a 4-1 win over Liverpool in a heavyweight clash with significant ramifications for the title race. Mo Salah's 63rd-minute penalty had wrestled back momentum for the faltering champions after Ilkay Gundogan - who missed a first-half spot-kick - had made the breakthrough at Anfield shortly after the interval (50). But two unforced errors in the space of four minutes from Brazillian goalkeeper Alisson allowed Gundogan (73) and Raheem Sterling (76) to dramatically haul the contest - and seemingly the Premier League crown - back in City's favour. Phil Foden then capped an imperious display with a late fourth (83) as Pep Guardiola's ominously-efficient side humbled their hosts.

Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City

Villa raced into an early lead with just 20 seconds on the clock as John Stones fluffed his lines trying to intercept Tyrone Mings' long ball, before Ollie Watkins cut the ball back to John McGinn who slotted home.The visitors drew level midway through the first half as a brilliant team move started with Ederson and ended with Phil Foden picking out the bottom corner, before Rodri's glancing header handed City the lead five minutes before half-time. The visitors were in cruise control but the game swung back into the balance as Stones' shocking evening came to an end after he was shown a red card for a reckless challenge on Jacob Ramsey, though Matty Cash picked up two bookings in three second-half minutes to make it 10-a-side.

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