Published On: Sun, Apr 15th, 2018

4 best moments from City's title-winning season

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Manchester is blue.

After failing to deliver a famous title-deciding victory last week in the Manchester derby, Manchester City secured its third title since 2012 thanks to West Bromwich Albion‘s shock win at Manchester United on Sunday.

City’s path to being crowned champion of England’s top flight was never in doubt during a season that barely featured a title race. Yet, there wasn’t a shortage of moments that will live long in the memories of those associated with the Premier League’s new champion.

Here’s a look at the best moments of Manchester City’s title-winning campaign:

Ederson’s penalty save maintains 20-match unbeaten run

Manchester City’s unbeaten run looked destined to come to an unlikely end on New Year’s Eve against a Crystal Palace outfit that conceded five goals in its first meeting with Guardiola’s men in September.

Despite a dominant performance at Selhurst Park, City looked vulnerable in the final stages of a match that saw Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus suffer injuries.

The host had a golden opportunity to produce one of the upsets of the season when Palace won an injury-time penalty.

City’s 20-game unbeaten streak was on the line when Luka Milivojevic stepped up to take the spot-kick. However, disappointment in the away end quickly turned to joy when Ederson turned away Milivojevic’s unconvincing effort.

Sterling shines with back-to-back game-winners

The emergence of Raheem Sterling as one of Manchester City’s most reliable contributors has been one of the great stories during the club’s title-winning campaign.

While Sterling’s pace down the flank and creativity with the ball at his feet have rarely been a concern, an inability to consistently find the back of the net has plagued the winger throughout his career.

That hasn’t been the case this season, as Sterling’s effectiveness in front of goal has resulted in the 23-year-old scoring a career-high 16 Premier League goals this term.

Sterling displayed his newfound knack for scoring in the first half of the season with a pair of winning goals to secure six points within the space of three days. After scoring the game-winner against Huddersfield Town with a goal he hardly knew anything about as a rebound deflected off him, Sterling unleashed a gorgeous strike in the sixth minute of stoppage time, which tucked into the top corner to secure three points against Southampton.

Earlier in the season, he scored a winner in similar fashion when he lifted City to a win over Bournemouth with a goal in the seventh minute of added time.

Aguero hat-trick helps City bounce back from devastating defeat

Manchester City’s attempt to produce the second unbeaten season in Premier League history ended in dramatic fashion when Liverpool stunned Guardiola’s men at Anfield.

Liverpool’s 4-3 victory was somewhat flattering to City, as it conceded three goals in less than 10 minutes in the second half before storming back with a pair of goals in the last 10 minutes.

The defeat hardly had an impact on Guardiola’s fine-tuned machine, as Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick ended talk of a dip in form and lifted City to a 3-1 triumph over Newcastle United.

Party at Old Trafford

The season’s first derby saw Manchester City take a stranglehold on the Premier League title race with a crucial victory over Manchester United.

Nicolas Otamendi was the hero when his volley saw City win 2-1 and take a double-digit point lead over the second-place Red Devils.

However, it was the celebration in the visitor’s locker room that stole the headlines, as City’s boisterous celebrations triggered a melee that allegedly involved United manager Jose Mourinho getting into an altercation with Ederson. The incident resulted in an FA investigation that was ultimately dismissed.

(Photos courtesy: Getty Images)

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