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7 alternative reasons why Man City won the title so easily

City have looked like title winners since day one... but these moments certainly helped them achieve their goal

You’ll literally never believe who was crowned Premier League champions at the weekend.

To be fair to Man City, they’ve looked like the only realistic winners since roughly September in a pretty uneventful season all in all.


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Number one, that you are Pep

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Number one, that you are Pep

But how did they do it?

Well, from a karate kick red card to a dreadful signing announcement, here’s seven vital moments that helped them on their way…

1 Sadio Mane’s brief flirtation with martial arts

POW right in the kisser

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POW right in the kisser

In the opening weeks of the season Liverpool looked like potential dark horses, so their trip to the Etihad in October was billed as a clash between two genuine contenders.

That was until Mane took flight, leading with his foot and connecting brutally with Ederson’s jaw.

The Senegalese star was sent off, City went onto win 5-0 and Liverpool never got close to them again.

2 Romelu Lukaku’s first touch

A fine assist

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A fine assist

Not everyone can quite bring the ball down as effortlessly and instantly as, say, David Silva.

And unfortunately Lukaku definitely falls into that category.

While the Belgian’s first touch is certainly not as bad as people make it out to be, it let him down catastrophically in the first derby of the season.

Lukaku shanked a clearance straight to Nicolas Otamendi, who turned home the winner at Old Trafford to extend their lead at the top to 11 points.

3 Claudio Bravo’s terrible form

Sorry, Claudio

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Sorry, Claudio

Claudio Bravo was Pep Guardiola’s third choice goalkeeping target the season before and he duly underlined just how flaky he is with some comically bad mistakes.

That forced the City boss to go back into the market last summer, and to say he upgraded would probably be the understatement of the season.

Ederson has been an utter revelation, but if Bravo hadn’t been that bad the season before he may not have even signed.

4 Benjamin Mendy’s season ending injury

Hear us out here.

Mendy’s first season in the Premier League came to a very premature end last September after injuring knee ligaments, but has he made more of an impact off the field than he would have done on it?

City were good enough to replace him almost seamlessly and Mendy’s social media activity has been on point as a result of being sat on the sidelines.

There’s no way he would have been so prolifically hilarious if he’d been able to play, instead raising club harmony and keeping everyone from the manager to the kit man smiling from ear to ear.

5 Pep Guardiola’s grassy obsession

That squirrel just couldn’t resist a feel

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That squirrel just couldn’t resist a feel

Back in 2016 control freak Pep demanded the grass on the Etihad pitch was trimmed down to 23mm; a request he was granted at Bayern Munich and Barcelona before that.

It definitely made a huge impact, with a fine footballing side like City standing next to no chance of playing their own brand in longer conditions.

Fine margins.

6 Nutty delights

Fine dining

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Fine dining

Squad ethos is vitally important, so Guardiola went the extra mile to ensure it was as positive as ever.

Not only did he make it compulsory that the team dined twice together every day – breakfast and a post-training meal – there was also a strict menu.

Out went any hint of junk food, in came a personal box of mixed nuts for every player to take home with them.

7 THAT signing announcement

Alexis Sanchez’s move to Man United was meant to damage City’s title chances, not enhance them.

But the absolute state of United’s announcement video clearly hampered Sanchez’s form as he’s looked like a shadow of his former self since.

Despite playing beyond averagely Sanchez has continued to start ahead of the brilliant Anthony Martial, so is it any real surprise United’s title chase faded?


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