Chelsea finally ended Liverpool’s wait for their first Premier League title in 30 years after beating Manchester City 2-1 in a pulsating encounter.
Liverpool had on Wednesday dismantled Crystal Palace 4-0 with the expectation of being declared champions if City fails to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and that was what happened. The wait for the confirmation is now officially over as the Reds celebrate their win without kicking a ball. This was a reminiscence of Leicester’s win of the Premiership in 2016 when the same Chelsea ended Tottenham’s title hope by defeating them, and the Foxes were confirmed champions. The wait is finally over, and Man City’s two-year reign is finally over.
In the game, Christian Pulisic opened the goals account in the 36th minute to score his second goal after restart and eight goals in all competitions this season when he took advantage of the error committed by City’s defense to break away slide in a shot beyond Ederson.
The American midfielder has had a breakout season after pointing the Blues from Borussia Dortmund. Pulisic is expected to face further competition for places in the middle of the park next season with Hakim Ziyech on his way to the team from Ajax.
Man City still FAC Cup and Carling cup champions
With the Premier League chase over, City’s focus will shift to the FA Cup, which continues this weekend and the Carling cup, which comes up at a later date.
In the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s men lost six games in those two seasons combined where they won the league title, but lost eighth this season, leaving them 23 points behind the leaders, with seven games left.
The Citizens also have their chances in this season’s Champions League, having won the first lego of the last 16-tie against Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeau. They will also continue their defense of the FA Cup at Newcastle on Sunday. Coincidentally, they will have to file up and clap for Liverpool as the champions in their next league game as the Reds comes to Etihad for the second leg of the season’s encounter next Thursday.
The outcome of this season’s title race has been inevitable for many months, but Liverpool’s long wait to wrap up their 19th triumph, extended by the Premier League’s three-month break amid the coronavirus pandemic, is finally over.
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