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Guardiola unconcerned by celebratory Man City pitch invasion

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola played down a post-match pitch invasion that will be viewed dimly by the FA after his team celebrated their Premier League title with an emphatic 5-0 victory over struggling Swansea.

The final whistle saw hundreds of supporters storm onto the pitch, despite the best efforts of club security and appeals over the loudspeakers at the Etihad Stadium.

Mendy makes Man City return to boost World Cup hopes

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Benjamin Mendy made a winning return to first-team football - and shared the experience with hundreds of Manchester City fans as he celebrated following his team’s 5-0 victory over Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Supporters invaded the pitch on the final whistle, despite appeals from the club not to do so and efforts from stewards and security to stop them encroaching onto the pitch.

Record seekers Man City thrash Swansea to celebrate title

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s hope that his team’s hunger to rewrite the English football record books would see them maintain their championship-winning form proved well-founded as Manchester City swept aside Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The only negative aspect of the occasion for the newly-crowned Premier League champions was a post-match pitch invasion by several hundred City supporters, who ignored pleas over the loudspeakers to burst through stewards and onto the field.

Record seekers Man City thrash Swansea to celebrate title

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s hope that his team’s hunger to rewrite the English football record books would see them maintain their championship-winning form proved well-founded as Manchester City swept aside Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The only negative aspect of the occasion for the newly-crowned Premier League champions was a post-match pitch invasion by several hundred City supporters, who ignored pleas over the loudspeakers to burst through stewards and onto the field.

Guardiola tells City multiple English titles key to Champions League glory

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City must secure more Premier League titles to earn the respect necessary to win the Champions League following their tame exit from Europe’s leading club competition.

City collected their third Premier League title in seven years last weekend, with a number of all-time domestic records still within their reach ahead of Sunday’s match at home to Swansea.

Guardiola tells City multiple English titles key to Champions League glory

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City must secure more Premier League titles to earn the respect necessary to win the Champions League following their tame exit from Europe’s leading club competition.

City collected their third Premier League title in seven years last weekend, with a number of all-time domestic records still within their reach ahead of Sunday’s match at home to Swansea.

Salah strike can’t take edge off Klopp’s Baggies pain

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp saw Mohamed Salah set yet another Liverpool goalscoring record in his extraordinary season but the painful loss of two points in a 2-2 draw away to West Bromwich Albion left the manager less than enthusiastic about his afternoon at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Salah strike can’t take edge off Klopp’s Baggies pain

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp saw Mohamed Salah set yet another Liverpool goalscoring record in his extraordinary season but the painful loss of two points in a 2-2 draw away to West Bromwich Albion left the manager less than enthusiastic about his afternoon at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Grass could have been greener for frustrated Klopp

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp blamed West Bromwich Albion’s failure to water the Hawthorns pitch for the late collapse Liverpool suffered in their 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Klopp’s side took a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah, but they were rocked by Albion’s dramatic fightback.

Grass could have been greener for frustrated Klopp

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp blamed West Bromwich Albion’s failure to water the Hawthorns pitch for the late collapse Liverpool suffered in their 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Klopp’s side took a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah, but they were rocked by Albion’s dramatic fightback.

West Brom fightback steals spotlight from Salah

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mohamed Salah bagged a record-equalling goal for Liverpool, but a dramatic late equaliser from Salomon Rondon earned West Bromwich Albion a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Rondon rose impressively in the 89th minute, arriving to nod in Chris Brunt’s free-kick and complete Albion’s recovery from a two-goal deficit at the Hawthorns.

Wenger’s tenure unlikely to be emulated: Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsene Wenger’s long reign at Arsenal is unlikely ever to be repeated, said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Friday.

Wenger announced earlier on Friday he would bring the curtain down on his 22 year tenure at the end of the season - a spell that saw the London club achieve the domestic double twice (1998/2002) and the 2003-4 “Invincibles” the first English team in the modern era to go through a First Division/Premier League season unbeaten.

Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title.

City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United’s shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare.

Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title.

City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United’s shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare.

Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title.

City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United’s shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare.

Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title.

City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United’s shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare.

United give Mourinho selection dilemma ahead of Spurs semi

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United had given him an FA Cup semi-final selection dilemma after their 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku sealed the points at Dean Court after Mourinho made seven changes in the aftermath of United’s shock defeat to struggling West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

United give Mourinho selection dilemma ahead of Spurs semi

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United had given him an FA Cup semi-final selection dilemma after their 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku sealed the points at Dean Court after Mourinho made seven changes in the aftermath of United’s shock defeat to struggling West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

United back on track as Mourinho wields axe

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United gave the perfect response to Jose Mourinho’s withering criticism as they got back on track with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku sealed the points at Dean Court after Mourinho made seven changes in the aftermath of United’s shock defeat to struggling West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

United back on track as Mourinho wields axe

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United gave the perfect response to Jose Mourinho’s withering criticism as they got back on track with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku sealed the points at Dean Court after Mourinho made seven changes in the aftermath of United’s shock defeat to struggling West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Kane strikes, but Spurs held by Brighton

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane stepped up his bid to win the Premier League’s golden boot as Tottenham warmed up for the FA Cup semi-finals with a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Tuesday.

Kane fired Tottenham ahead in the 48th minute when his close-range shot deflected in off Brighton defender Bruno.

De Bruyne eyes golden era for champs City

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come under the astute leadership of Pep Guardiola.

City were confirmed as English champions on Sunday with a record-equalling five games to spare after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion.

De Bruyne eyes golden era for champs City

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come under the astute leadership of Pep Guardiola.

City were confirmed as English champions on Sunday with a record-equalling five games to spare after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion.

Carroll’s late leveller spares Hart’s blushes

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Andy Carroll’s last-gasp equaliser spared Joe Hart’s blushes after the West Ham goalkeeper made a costly blunder in Monday’s dramatic 1-1 draw against Stoke.

Stoke substitute Peter Crouch poked home from close-range after Hart made a hash of holding onto Xherdan Shaqiri’s soft shot with just 11 minutes left at the London Stadium.

Carroll’s late leveller spares Hart’s blushes

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Andy Carroll’s last-gasp equaliser spared Joe Hart’s blushes after the West Ham goalkeeper made a costly blunder in Monday’s dramatic 1-1 draw against Stoke.

Stoke substitute Peter Crouch poked home from close-range after Hart made a hash of holding onto Xherdan Shaqiri’s soft shot with just 11 minutes left at the London Stadium.

Rodriguez slams Bong over racism allegation

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jay Rodriguez has slammed Gaetan Bong for choosing “to publicly condemn” him after the West Bromwich Albion star was found not guilty of racially abusing the Brighton defender.

Rodriguez was accused of making an offensive remark to Cameroon international Bong during West Brom’s 2-0 victory over the Seagulls on January 13.

Rodriguez slams Bong over racism allegation

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jay Rodriguez has slammed Gaetan Bong for choosing “to publicly condemn” him after the West Bromwich Albion star was found not guilty of racially abusing the Brighton defender.

Rodriguez was accused of making an offensive remark to Cameroon international Bong during West Brom’s 2-0 victory over the Seagulls on January 13.

Aguero relieved to avoid last day title drama

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero’s winner with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

City also claimed the title on the final day of the 2013/14 season, but Aguero believes his third league winner’s medal in England is just reward for the best football he has been involved in since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Aguero relieved to avoid last day title drama

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero’s winner with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

City also claimed the title on the final day of the 2013/14 season, but Aguero believes his third league winner’s medal in England is just reward for the best football he has been involved in since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Pochettino upbeat on Spurs despite Man City defeat

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham’s performance against Manchester City gave him confidence for the future despite a heavy defeat that ended his side’s long unbeaten Premier League run.

Spurs were beaten 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday before Manchester United lost to West Brom the following day, confirming City as Premier League champions for a third time.

Pochettino upbeat on Spurs despite Man City defeat

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham’s performance against Manchester City gave him confidence for the future despite a heavy defeat that ended his side’s long unbeaten Premier League run.

Spurs were beaten 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday before Manchester United lost to West Brom the following day, confirming City as Premier League champions for a third time.

Aguero relieved to avoid last day drama

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero’s winner with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

City also claimed the title on the final day of the 2013/14 season, but Aguero believes his third league winner’s medal in England is just reward for the best football he has been involved in since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Aguero relieved to avoid last day drama

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero’s winner with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

City also claimed the title on the final day of the 2013/14 season, but Aguero believes his third league winner’s medal in England is just reward for the best football he has been involved in since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Manchester City target Premier League dynasty

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City are setting their sights on establishing a dynasty in English football and finally conquering Europe after their relentless march to a third Premier League title in seven seasons.

Pep Guardiola’s men have already matched one of the greatest sides of the Premier League era by winning the league with five games to spare to equal Manchester United’s record in 2000/2001.

Manchester City target Premier League dynasty

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City are setting their sights on establishing a dynasty in English football and finally conquering Europe after their relentless march to a third Premier League title in seven seasons.

Pep Guardiola’s men have already matched one of the greatest sides of the Premier League era by winning the league with five games to spare to equal Manchester United’s record in 2000/2001.

Gift-wrapped: Man City champions as United crash on Guardiola golf day

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Brom as coach Pep Guardiola added a first English title to his three apiece at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday.

Now let’s win it again: Kompany sets City new title target

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Vincent Kompany celebrated Manchester City’s Premier League title triumph with a Manchester United fan and then challenged the champions to win it again next season.

City clinched the title without kicking a ball as their arch rivals United slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Mourinho slams United as they hand title to City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho applauded Manchester City’s Premier League title success, but lambasted Manchester United after West Bromwich Albion’s shock 1-0 win on Sunday.

In order to prevent City from being crowned champions for a few more days, United had to avoid defeat against bottom club Albion at Old Trafford.

Mourinho slams United as they hand title to City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho applauded Manchester City’s Premier League title success, but lambasted Manchester United after West Bromwich Albion’s shock 1-0 win on Sunday.

In order to prevent City from being crowned champions for a few more days, United had to avoid defeat against bottom club Albion at Old Trafford.

Man City’s title triumph: 5 defining matches

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday when closest challengers Manchester United stumbled to a shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

Having swept to the title in dazzling style, here AFP Sport looks back at five matches that played a key role in City’s success this season:

Man City 5 Liverpool 0 (September 9)

After two relatively low-key wins in their first three matches, this stunning demolition of Liverpool served as an early sign that City were a different proposition from the team that struggled to impose themselves the previous season.