Erling Haaland leads Man City celebrations after being crowned Premier League champions
‘Always believe. It pays off. C’MON CITY’: Erling Haaland leads the way as Manchester City get their celebrations underway after being crowned Premier League champions for a THIRD season in a row
Manchester City have started their celebrations after being confirmed as Premier League champions on Saturday evening, with Erling Haaland leading the way.
Pep Guardiola’s side came into the weekend needing just one win from three games to wrap up a third-straight title, hosting Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
They won the title before even kicking a ball, however, as Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest, who in turn cemented their place in the Premier League for another season.
Haaland took to social media instantly as City’s celebrations began, pictured alongside a Premier League trophy graphic, in a design that had clearly been made beforehand.
The prolific, record-breaking forward, provided a motivational message alongside his post. It reads: ‘Always give your best. Always believe. It pays off. C’MON CITY!’
Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden posted similar pictures, while defender Aymeric Laporte took to Instagram as he posted a picture of himself celebrating.
Alongside Laporte’s post, he wrote: ‘ANOTHER (ANOTHER, ANOTHER, ANOTHER, ANOTHER) ONE. Credit to absolutely everyone involved from top to bottom. Every one of use fought for this. More to come soon hopefully but we can already be proud of this one. COME ON CITY!!’
A banner has also been erected outside the Etihad stadium, displaying captain Ilkay Gundogan with the rest of his Premier League-winning side. Fans within minutes of Arsenal’s defeat were on show outside the stadium.
Crucial to Guardiola’s title charge were the goals of Erling Haaland, who will finish the season as the highest ever scorer in the top-flight’s history in a remarkable debut campaign.
But impressive as the Norwegian’s goals have been, Guardiola’s decision to switch from a from a 4-3-3 to a less orthodox 3-2-4-1 kick-started the ruthless run of form that saw him reel in his protege.
With the top-flight now sealed, the club’s gaze will unsurprisingly turn to completing the remaining components of a potential Treble that lie up for grabs.
First up, on June 3, they will face bitter rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final, before taking on Inter Milan for a chance at a maiden Champions League title seven days later in Istanbul.
As a result, there could be starts for those who have not featured as heavily so far this term, with the Spanish boss surely unwilling to risk the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Haaland and John Stones, who have been so key to their success this term.
More to follow…