Man City lift Premier League Trophy after beating Chelsea

21 May 2023

Team crowned for seventh time in competition's history after Alvarez's first-half goal earns win

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Manchester City celebrated their position as the 2022/23 Premier League champions, lifting the Trophy after a 1-0 win over Chelsea.

The Man City squad and backroom staff received the Trophy, medals and the accolade of fans at the Etihad Stadium after the match, which was won thanks to Julian Alvarez's first-half strike.

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Pep Guardiola made nine changes from the side that beat Real Madrid 4-0 in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final in midweek, with only Kyle Walker and Manuel Akanji retained.

The only goal came in the 12th minute, Alvarez latching on to Cole Palmer’s through-ball before slotting past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

That was City’s 100th home goal in all competitions this season, 34 more than any other side across Europe’s top five leagues.

Chelsea went close to equalising when Conor Gallagher headed against a post before the ball ricocheted off goalkeeper Stefan Ortega and away from goal.

City’s 12 straight victory moves them on to 88 points.

Chelsea are 12th on 43 points and are guaranteed to finish in the bottom half for the first time since 1996.

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Part 1: Man City are 2022/23 champions after Arsenal defeat
Part 2: Why Man City can become the greatest champions of all
Part 4: In pictures: Man City's title celebrations
Part 5: Haaland: Thirty-six goals and a PL Trophy, not a bad start
Part 6: Gundogan: Fightback made this title special
Part 7: Guardiola: Team deserve celebration after my demands
Part 8: How Guardiola's tactics have evolved during his reign at City
Part 9: The matches that defined Man City's title triumph

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