Manchester City became champions of the Premier League after Leicester City defeated second-placed Manchester United on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The defeat to the second-placed team meant that Manchester United can no longer meet up with City’s 80 points lead.
If Leicester City had not defeated Manchester United on May 11, Manchester City would have waited until May 13 when United played Liverpool. And if United had won the game, Manchester City would have waited until later today, May 14 when they play against Newcastle United before they can be crowned Premier League champions.
As it stands, City are going into the game against Newcastle United scheduled to kick-off at 20:00 at St. James’ Park without anything to lose except bragging rights.
Ahead of the game, coach Pep Guardiola revealed that City players and coaching crew celebrated the Premier League title win on the night Leicester City defeated Manchester United within the club’s bubble.
According to the Spanish coach, the players and the coaching crew stopped celebrating after the night to focus on their remaining three league games and their Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29.
Pep Guardiola said: “We do what we have to do because it is the best way to prepare for the final of the Champions League, and after we have the final we will take a break and find the best way to think about next season…
“I think all of them want to play in the final of the Champions League.
“If they want to play in the final of the Champions League they have to train well and play well, it is the only chance they have to be competitive [rather than] if we just played these three [remaining] Premier League games.
“But having the Champions League final there a little more than two weeks away, everyone will be focused.
“There’s no time to rest. Now we have four or five days between games, so now with the selection, I don’t know what I’m going to do, honestly, but I’m going to think about winning the next game we are going to play and then the Chelsea game.”
PEP 💬 When I was here in the first season I didn't win anything, and I can’t forget the disappointment of Lyon, and the support I had from the chairman. Our success is dedicated to him supporting me. Saying that we now have two weeks before a dream come true in the #UCL final.— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2021
If City beat Newcastle United later today, the reigning Premier League champions would have 83 points in 36 league games, 13 points above second-placed Manchester United.