In an absolutely epic final, Manchester City beat Aston Villa with a comeback (3-2) and became champion of England for the second consecutive year!
Steven Gerrard almost offered the title to “his” Liverpool. The “villains” reached half-time winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Cash, who beat João Cancelo. The Birmingham club were able to block the way to Olsen’s goal and irritate the champions, desperate to get their hands on the title.
Guardiola swapped Fernandinho for Zinchenko at half-time and the team improved, mounted the siege at the entrance to the opposition box, but failed to equalise. There has always been a leg, a rebound or a deflection that prevented the “citizens” from reaching 1-1.
The one who took the opportunity to freeze the Etihad was Coutinho, another former Liverpool player. Following a goal kick from Olsen, Watkins won with a header and left the Brazil international who after a fine dribble past Laporte made it 2-0.
They celebrated at Anfield despite Liverpool still level against Wolves. The Portuguese fleet, with Sá, Moutinho, Rúben Neves, Toti Gomes and Pedro Neto, won 1-0 thanks to the goal of the ex-Lazio and Sp. Braga. However, Sadio Mané leveled the score before the break after a brilliant assist from Thiago.
The “reds” needed a goal, a goal that came Salah (released to replace Jota) in the 84th minute. However, this goal proved insufficient due to Manchester City’s incredible recovery.
The champion fired the gallons and did 15 minutes of demolition. Gundogan, launched by Guardiola to replace Bernardo in the 68th minute, reduced him by a header in the 76th minute. Two minutes later Rodri tied the game with a kick from outside the area and at 81 Gundogan confirmed the comeback and the second championship.
Liverpool still timidly celebrated 3-1 against Wolverhampton – Robertson remarked – but it was at the Etihad that the party took place. City kept possession in the dying minutes and renewed the title with Guardiola in tears.
With third place confirmed, Chelsea closed out the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Watford with Barkley settling the game in the dying minutes. In fourth place was Tottenham. Spurs were forced to do the same or better than Arsenal to secure Champions League entry in 2022/23 and left no room for doubt: a 5-0 thrashing at Carrow Road. Highlight for Son’s double, who finished the competition with the same 23 goals as Mo Salah.
Not enough was Cedric’s goal and Arsenal’s 5-1 rout of Everton – Nuno Tavares didn’t come off the bench. in turn, Manchester United lost in London to Crystal Palace. Under the watchful eye of Ten Haag and without Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Dalot and company disappointed again.
The defeat of the “red devils” ended up being mitigated by the West Ham debacle at Brighton (3-1). The ‘Hammers’ were still winning and threatening to throw United into the Conference League, but they ended up letting the ‘Seagulls’ turn around.
As for the relegation fight, Leeds United secured a 2-1 win at home to Brentford. The winning goal for Marsch’s team was scored by Jack Harrison in added time.
Leeds’ victory and the Newcastle triumph at Turf Moor (2-1) dictated the relegation of Burnley, the team that accompanies Norwich and Watford to the Championship.