Pep Guardiola creates history as Manchester City win Premier League title

The Spaniard won his fifth league title with the English club

By Web Desk
May 21, 2023
Pep Guardiola with the Premier League title — AFP

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola created history last night (May 20) as his team won the 2022/23 Premier League (PL) season after Arsenal lost their game against Nottingham Forest.

Guardiola, 52, won his fifth Premier League title in seven years with the English club.

Guardiola became the first manager in football history to have won the league title three consecutive times in the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga.

He achieved this feat in La Liga while managing FC Barcelona, where he won the league titles from 2009 to 2011. In Bundesliga, he did it while managing Bayern Munich where he won the league titles from 2014 to 2016

Man City won their third successive PL title under Guardiola. The last team to achieve this feat was Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United who also won three successive league titles from 2007 to 2009.

This was Pep’s 11th league title in his 15th season as a manager.

Man City will be looking forward to completing their treble (League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup) for the first time in their history as they are already in the final of two competitions.

The English champions will be facing their city-rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final on June 3 at Wembley Stadium.

Seven days after playing the FA Cup final, Pep’s men will take on Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League final on June 10 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul.

Last week, Manchester City thrashed the Spanish giants 4-0 at the Etihad for a 5-1 aggregate victory that exacted revenge for a dramatic semi-final exit to Madrid 12 months ago.

The collective brilliance of Guardiola´s side shone through on a night when stars Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne were kept scoreless.

Only a hat-trick of stunning saves by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to deny Haaland his 53rd goal of the season saved the visitors from a historic humbling.

Bernardo Silva´s first-half double was the least City deserved from a near-flawless first half.

Even when they took their foot off the gas after the break, Manuel Akanji´s deflected goal and Julian Alvarez´s cool finish in stoppage time gave the scoreline a fair reflection.