Record break­ers celebrate with vic­tory pa­rade

Glossop Advertiser - - Front Page - Stuart Bren­nan


IF Ar­se­nal are the In­vin­ci­bles, maybe City will go down in his­tory as the Un­touch­ables?

For­get this fi­nal game of the sea­son, a snooze in the south coast sun, made mem­o­rable only by Gabriel Jesus’ bril­liant late, late win­ner.

That took the Blues to 100 points, ex­tend­ing their own record – and also hoover­ing up the big­gest win­ning mar­gin in his­tory (19 points).

The City fans were in car­ni­val mood at one end of the ground through­out, and for once it was not that they were drunk on the cham­pagne foot­ball that their team played.

In­deed, the fizz had – un­der­stand­ably – gone a bit flat at the end of a long, tir­ing sea­son, with play­ers al­ready eye­ing the World Cup.

Jesus shook it all up again by chas­ing Kevin de Bruyne’s as­tute over-thetop pass and lob­bing ex­pertly over Alex Mc­Carthy be­fore cel­e­brat­ing with the ec­static fans.

That put a fit­tingly mag­nif­i­cent end­ing on a quite as­ton­ish­ing sea­son – in fact THE out­stand­ing league sea­son of any team in his­tory. Ar­se­nal fans will claim that their 2004 ●● In­vin­ci­bles still hold that hon­our, hav­ing gone the whole sea­son un­beaten, a fab­u­lous achieve­ment in it­self.

But the fact is that the In­vin­ci­bles chalked up TEN points fewer than Blues, scored 33 goals fewer and City only con­ceded one more.

The Blues also won an amaz­ing SIX games more. Ar­se­nal’s achieve­ment is rightly lauded – but the fact is that it pales in com­par­i­son along­side what City have done this sea­son.

Avoid­ing de­feat is a bit Mour­inho-es­que, and the Gun­ners drew eight games that sea­son.

City have gone out to win games, and done so in breath­tak­ing style.

Even in this game, when they were at half-throt­tle for most of the game, they con­jured up some­thing spe­cial right at the end.

There was a lack of drama in the game af­ter Mark Hughes’ Southamp­ton grabbed a mid­week win which meant only a calamity on the fi­nal day could send them down. But the ex-Blues boss set his team up to frus­trate and try to break on City, and for 90 min­utes plus a cou­ple added on, it worked.

City cruised through the first half in warm con­di­tions, and maybe that was part of the plan, as they no­tice­ably stepped it up af­ter the break.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Jesus gave them a lit­tle ex­tra spice in the fi­nal third, as well, and Raheem Ster­ling struck a post and John Stones flashed a header over.

Just when it seemed both teams were con­tent with a point, De Bruyne’s lob sent Jesus clear and with two de­fend­ers snap­ping at his heels, the con­trolled lobbed fin­ish was ex­quis­ite.

City show off their Premier League tro­phy in front of thou­sands of their fans on their vic­tory pa­rade on Mon­day

Raheem Ster­ling has a shot blocked dur­ing City’s win at Southamp­ton on Sun­day

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