After 1937, 1968, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, there is now 2021. Seven days after having clinched a historic qualification for the final of the Champions League by eliminating Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final (2-1 , 2-0), Manchester City ended the suspense in England by winning their seventh coronation in the competition on Matchday 36, the third in four years. It is his neighbor United, losing to Leicester (2-1), who formalizes the news. City come back to Aston Villa on the fifth step of the list of the English Premier League, behind Everton (9), Arsenal (13), Liverpool (19) and Manchester United (20).
A seventh crown far from being stolen in view of the statistics. Indeed, the Skyblues have the best attack in the championship (72 goals) and the best defense (26 goals conceded, 18 clean sheets). But more than the numbers, it is above all the printing on the green rectangle that has made everyone agree since December. The way Pep Guardiola was able to breathe new life into his team when we thought it was at the end of the cycle. The hybrid post of João Cancelo – one side hit, the other in the double-pivot -, the rebirth of Ilkay Gündogan (11 goals between mid-December and mid-February), the ever more irresistible rise of Kevin De Bruyne, the revelation Phil Foden, the device without real new or the find Rúben Dias, all of this helped to (re) make the most attractive formation on the continent over this period.
– Manchester City (@ManCity) May 11, 2021
Brutal transfer of power
We will also note an incredible series of 17 matches without defeat, between November 21 and March 7, in the Premier League, while it is considered the most dense and homogeneous championship in the world. Crazy. There was also the correction inflicted on Liverpool in February (4-1), in the form of a handover. And if there will be no historic quadruplet, the EFL Cup is already in the pocket since a short success against Tottenham (1-0) on April 25. Suffice to say that with a Champions League final in the sights, the club’s season long perceived as ” the second Manchester Is out of the ordinary.
The only small downside may be the mixed exit of the club’s top scorer, Sergio Agüero. With only 682 minutes played this year and a panenka missed in front of Edouard Mendy, among others. An end of story that we imagined in a fairy tale, a bit like it had really started on May 13, 2012, against QPR. But who knows, the rest will perhaps give him the platform he deserves.