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Man City: Five key matches on way to title

16 Apr 2018
Kevin De Bruyne, Man City

A look at the standout results that defined Manchester City's season as 2017/18 Premier League champions

Manchester City have been confirmed as the 2017/18 Premier League champions after Manchester United's defeat by West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's team have been the dominant force throughout the campaign, setting numerous records in pursuit of success.

Here we look at five key matches that defined their landmark season.

AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Man City, 26 Aug
Raheem Sterling scores the winner

Raheem Sterling’s goal seven minutes into stoppage time earned Guardiola’s side a second Premier League win of the season as they came from behind at Vitality Stadium.

Charlie Daniels’ stunning strike, which won August's Carling Goal of the Month award, put the Cherries ahead, but Gabriel Jesus levelled. Sterling’s deflected shot won it in dramatic fashion.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City, 30 Sep
Kevin De Bruyne v Chelsea

Kevin De Bruyne's stunning goal against Chelsea, his former club and the defending champions, put Man City top for the first time, above Man Utd on goal difference.

Despite the absence of Sergio Aguero, City dominated at Stamford Bridge and victory concluded a flawless month in which they won all four matches without conceding.

Man City 7-2 Stoke, 14 Oct
Fernandinho v Stoke City

Guardiola called it the finest display he has seen since becoming City's head coach as his side took apart Stoke at the Etihad Stadium to move two points clear.

Fernandinho's 30-yard effort was spectacular but Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus also scored after brilliant De Bruyne assists as Man City scored five goals or more for the third consecutive home match.

Man Utd 1-2 Man City, 10 Dec
Nicolas Otamendi v Man United

History was made as Man City became the first team to win 14 successive PL matches in a season, equalling the record of Arsenal, who did it across two campaigns in 2002.

Nicolas Otamendi netted the decisive goal at Old Trafford to send City 11 points clear. 

Man City 5-1 Leicester, 10 Feb
Sergio Aguero v Leicester City

Aguero scored four times in the second half as Leicester City were dispatched at the Etihad Stadium. De Bruyne also starred with three assists, the first of which arrived after just two minutes and five seconds.

The win sent Man City 16 points clear, the largest lead since Man Utd in April 2013, coincidentally over City themselves.

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