Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Manchester City retains EPL title after 4-1 win over Brighton

Manchester City retains EPL title after 4-1 win over Brighton

City secured a second successive title by just one point with Sunday's 4-1 triumph at Brighton, pipping Liverpool who ended up second with a stunning 97 points.

Liverpool's players will not be weighed down by the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League title as they prepare for the Champions League final, according to sports psychologist Richard Cox.

Nanyang will break its tradition by making red canvas shoes if Liverpool win the league title on Sunday.

That tantalising moment lasted only a matter of seconds, however, as Sergio Aguero equalised for City, who went onto shatter Liverpool's hopes with a ruthless goal-spree.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola gestures to supporters as they celebrate after their 4-1 victory in the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 12, 2019.

With Ferguson long retired and United in freefall, City is the force not only in Manchester but English football. I can read all the numbers.

Three seasons in and they are still waiting to conquer Europe but what the 48-year-old has achieved in claiming back-to-back Premier League titles is arguably a greater achievement. "A lot of this squad is still young too, so I believe we are going to get there (and win the Premier League) eventually". We want more and more.

"If we are ready to make the next step, we will".

Elsewhere on the final day of Premier League action, Spurs made mathematically certain of a place in the top four, drawing 2-2 against Everton. "It's hard to prepare a team for a situation like that, to say: 'If we score and Brighton score, stay calm, '" he said. It would be nice to get an award for the biggest development I can remember.

"We know it, but we accept the challenge and I promise you we will come back and I have the feeling we will be stronger next season". That is what we feel. We accept that, no problem.

That gave them 98 points on the season, one more point than Liverpool, though if it had gone to a tie break, City would have won the Prem anyway, having a +72 goal differential to Liverpool's +67. "We push each other, I push myself, they push me".

After defeat in the play-off semi-finals in 2016, Hughton led Albion back to the top flight for the first time since 1983 the following season with a second-placed finish.

"The jobs of both managers and both clubs was fantastic".

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