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Manchester City players celebrate the title. © APA/afp / OLI SCARFF

There is no fairytale: ManCity are English champions again

Manchester City are English football champions for the fourth time in a row after beating West Ham.

Star coach Pep Guardiola's team left no stone unturned on the dramatic final day of the Premier League and beat West Ham United 3-1 (2-1) in their own stadium. Like last year, Arsenal were runners-up. The Gunners, who were dependent on a slip-up from City, won their home game against Everton FC late 2-1 (1-1) thanks to Kai Havertz.

Man City's triumph is historic. Never before had a team won the Premier League four times in a row. The Cityzens, who had previously been unbeaten in 22 league games, got off to a lightning start in front of their home crowd. Double packer Phil Foden (2nd/18th minute) took the lead shortly after kick-off and increased the lead for the oppressively superior defending champions, with German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega standing between the posts. West Ham's Mohammed Kudus (42nd) made things exciting for a short time with his somewhat surprising goal before Rodri (59th) made the decision.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and midfielder Declan Rice narrowly missed out on success. © APA/afp / ADRIAN DENNIS

Competitors City and Arsenal were separated by just two points before the season finale. Because Arsenal had the better goal difference, the team around German international Havertz could have overtaken them if they had drawn in Manchester. However, the Gunners initially fell behind through Idrissa Gueye (40th). When Takehiro Tomiyasu equalized (43') and the news of West Ham's connection made the rounds in the stands, there was a brief hope in London. Havertz's winning goal in the 89th minute was worthless in the end.

A historic Premier League season

This brings one of the most exciting title races in England to a dramatic end in a long time. Liverpool FC had also been at the top for a long time and was still top of the table on matchday 30. In the end, the Reds, where coach Jürgen Klopp said an emotional farewell after almost eight years with a 2-0 (2-0) win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, ended up in third place, a full nine points behind the new and old champions.

Aston Villa qualified for the Champions League in fourth place. Tottenham Hotspur reached the Europa League in fifth place after a mixed season. Sixth FC Chelsea can also still hope for a starting place in the Europa League. To do this, champions Manchester City would have to win the cup final against Manchester United.

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