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EPL 2020-21: Manchester City crowned champion after Leicester City edges past Manchester United

This was Manchester City’s seventh league title win and its third in five years. Manchester United continues to be in the race to finish second, having already confirmed its place in top-four while Leicester City remains in the hunt for a top-four finish.

EPL 2020-21: Manchester City crowned champion after Leicester City edges past Manchester United-ayh
Manchester, First Published May 12, 2021, 11:22 AM IST
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Manchester City was crowned the 2020-21 English Premier League champion on Tuesday night after second-placed cross-town rival Manchester United suffered a 1-2 defeat to now third-placed Leicester City at Old Trafford. City managed to win its seventh league title, besides being its third in the last five years.

City also won its fifth title in the EPL era. Consequently, it made it the second-joint-most successful team in the EPL era along with Chelsea, while United leads the race with 13 EPL titles.

As for United’s game, the side was forced to field an inexperienced  XI, with club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making ten changes from the side that beat Aston Villa on Sunday, as it is scheduled for three games in five days. Luke Thomas handed the visitor the lead in the tenth minute before Mason Greenwood levelled it five minutes later. However, Çaglar Söyüncü’s 66th-minute header turned out to be the winner.

Guardiola’s reaction
Meanwhile, following the win, City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that it was the most challenging EPL title win in his career so far at City. “This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other. This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players,” he said, reports City’s official website.

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“At the start of every season, the Premier League is the most important title for us. This is the one where you have to be there every three days, playing all your rivals home and away. Only by being the very best, week in week out, can you win this competition. It is a huge success,” he added.

Meanwhile, Guardiola would look to celebrate the title-lifting ceremony on May 23, as around 10,000 fans would be allowed inside Etihad Stadium during their final home match of the season against Everton. Great Britain would be easing lockdown measures from May 15, as announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“I am looking forward to Everton game. We will lift the trophy and 10,000 are coming. In the Carabao Cup, just a few people were there and it was so different. This business without the people is not the same,” he concluded.

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