The hosts knew it would guarantee the title if they won on the final day of the season, and despite trailing 2-0, scoring three goals in five second-half minutes left Etihad Stadium in disarray.
The fans, who held most of the game in their hands, ran towards the pitch full time and celebrated winning a title race like no other.
As the players ran into the subway, City supporters danced on the pitch and broke one of the goals, such as the spine recording of the club’s famous anthem Blue Moon.
Eventually, the maids evacuated the crowd from the pitch, so the city players marched back to the trophy.
City’s Ukrainian defender Oleksandr Jinchenko was particularly emotional in the lap of respect. The 25-year-old wrapped the trophy in his country’s flag and burst into tears as he paid tribute to the victims of the war.
At the end of the season, City manager Pep Cardiola said, “The toughest service in tennis is when you have to be a champion.”
This is an analogy that could not prove more fitting on a roller coaster afternoon in Manchester.
Goals from Matty Cash and former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho seemed to steal the title from City, but Cardiola added a much better side.
Although many teams withered under pressure, City continued to advance and reap its rewards – two goals from Ilke Gundogan and Rodrigo’s fourth league title in five years.
This is an impressive achievement by the quality of Liverpool, who have struggled with City’s tooth and nail throughout the season. Its win against the Wolves on Sunday finally proved education.
Ten years after Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for a decade-long victory at Manchester City, City’s victory comes on the final day of the season when he scored his last-goal goal to win his team’s league title.
Also, after a goal in the final seconds, the title win was almost dramatic, with supporters watching in full swing.
“We’re great,” Cardiola told Sky Sports after the breathtaking match. “If you win the Premier League four times in five seasons in this country, they are very special. We will remember.”
Limitation of emotions
With slogans such as Liverpool defeated and City winning the title, the fans were hopeful that their team would reflect on the victory, filling the air outside the stadium.
When the DJs went to their seats, there was a party atmosphere to boot, encouraging supporters to sing oasis songs.
But as the game began and every time Aston Villa enjoyed possessions, the excitement turned to nerves as the home fans cheered.
Tensions eased temporarily as Liverpool echoed in the backward news field against the Wolves, but City, especially Gabriel Jesus, wasted some early chances and re-emerged as Liverpool equalized.
The frustration turned to anger as Villa went two goals up, prompting many in the blue to look at the sky for some kind of intervention.
The degree that many had hoped City would win slipped out of hand.
But, this City page does not seem to go down without a fight, and took matters into its own hands.
Confidence increased after Kundokan scored the first goal in the 76th minute, with Rodri equalizing in the blink of an eye. As fans still celebrate, Gundogan hits back in the 81st game, one of the most confusing games in Premier League history.
Gerard’s mission failed
Sunday’s match was an added feature of the play, with City’s opponents having some loyalty to its title rivals.
Villa manager Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool legend but failed to win a league title during his tenure at the club.
He certainly came close, but his infamous slip seven years ago contributed to him dropping the title that season.
Fast forward to now, the script was very accurate in Liverpool view.
Gerrard, who knew he had to take something from the competition to overtake his childhood club City, sidelined Etihad as a double agent sent in from Anfield.
He gave advice to former Liverpool player Gaudinho, who explored City’s defense and presented a gift to his former club.
Gerrard was kicking every ball from the touchline and his players dug firmly against the increasing pressure from City.
Eventually, the security of the villa weakened and the floodgates opened.
In fact, no one can beg for the title of city.
Liverpool created the most rock and roll football style, threw City teams back and forth and showed a consistency that crowned them league champions again.
Burnley were pushed to a 2-1 defeat to United at Newcastle.