Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea: Pep Guardiola’s men start Premier League title celebrations in earnest after Julian Alvarez’ goal sees the hosts ease to victory against lacklustre Blues
- Manchester City lifted Premier League trophy after beating Chelsea on Sunday
- Julian Alvarez, 23, scored the only goal of the game at a joyful Etihad Stadium
- LIVE: City title celebrations begin in earnest at the Etihad after beating Chelsea
They waited outside the Etihad Stadium in the blazing afternoon sunshine before the game against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. They had come for the coronation and they held up flares that emitted smoke which turned the air sky blue.
When the bus turned slowly off the Ashton New Road, they roared acclaim for the players as they climbed off the team coach and strode into the stadium beneath a huge banner that said: ‘Champions – 3-in-a-row’.
The supporters watched them go and then streamed towards the entrances. They thanked their lucky stars for their manager. ‘We’ve got Guardiola,’ they sang to the tune of Glad All Over. They sang songs about what superiority meant. ‘Whoa-oh, we’re the boys in blue,’ they yelled. ‘Whoa-oh, we’re coming for you.’
And City are coming for you. Whoever you are, City are going to hunt you down. If you’re Chelsea and you’ve spent £600m on players and you’re one of the modern powerhouses of the English game, City are going to play their second team against you, treat your league game like an exhibition, outplay you and take you down.
If you’re Arsenal and you think you’ve got a sniff of the title, however unexpected it might be, City are going to win 12 league games on the spin, teach you all about pressure, put you back in your box and slam the lid tightly shut.
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Manchester City’s title celebrations began in earnest after they beat Chelsea 1-0 on Sunday
Hundreds of supporters invaded the pitch at the Etihad Stadium (above) after the final whistle
Security were forced to bundle players like Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne off the pitch
A pair of fans held up a banner saying: ‘The Treble is on: One down, two to go’ while on the field
There was a party atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium before the match, with City champions
Their third straight title was confirmed on Saturday as Arsenal lost against Nottingham Forest
A cardboard cut-out of manager Pep Guardiola was adorned with an Erling Haaland viking hat
While goalkeeper Ederson (pictured), given a rest, dyed his hair blue to match City’s colours
Guardiola hugged opposite man Frank Lampard (right) before the match on Sunday afternoon
Throughout the game, joyous City supporters performed the famous ‘Poznan’ celebration
Argentine forward Julian Alvarez (right) opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the game
The goal came from another defensive mistake from the Blues, after Wesley Fofana’s poor pass
Ex-City star Raheem Sterling, who moved to Chelsea in 2022, missed several opportunities
Spaniard Guardiola, who has four English titles in five years, was happy with the performance
Match Facts: Man City vs Chelsea
Manchester City (3-2-4-1): Ortega; Walker, Laporte (Rodri 78), Akanji (Stones 58); Phillips, Gomez (De Bruyne 78); Mahrez (Haaland 73), Lewis, Foden, Palmer; Alvarez.
Subs not used: Ederson; Dias, Gundogan, B Silva, Grealish.
Goals: Alvarez 12.
Manager: Pep Guardiola.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Kepa; W Fofana, T Silva, Chalobah; Azpilicueta, Fernandez, Loftus-Cheek (Chukwuemeka 81), Hall (Koulibaly 81); Gallagher (Mudryk 69); Sterling (Madueke 69), Havertz (Pulisic 85).
Subs not used: Mendy, Wady; Ziyech, D Fofana.
Yellow cards: Havertz 18, Fernandez 66.
Manager: Frank Lampard.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
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