Chelsea’s title defence may have been over months ago — Mourinho just helped confirm it this time, instead of playing a major protagonist last time — and Manchester City may have effectively won the league before Christmas, but that didn’t become official until a glorious Sunday afternoon that saw Manchester United lose at home to the worst team in the division and thus confirm their “noisy neighbors” as Champions of England for the fifth time in their history (and third in the last seven years).
No one expected West Bromwich Albion to win at Old Trafford today, but a second-half goal from Jay Rodriguez was enough to give them all three points and confirm City’s title. That this came one week after United’s famous comeback win over City at the Etihad just shows you how, in the eternal words of Cesc Fàbregas, “football is f*cking unbelievable”. West Brom lost to Chelsea last season to confirm the Blues as champions, and now they confirmed City for the crown. The Baggies are firmly relegation-bound, so some other team will have to do the confirmation honors next season.
City’s victory means that none of the last nine Premier League champions have been able to defend their title. In fact, no team other than Manchester United and Chelsea have been able to defend a title in the Premier League era. Will City manage to do it next season? It might seem that way, but as we’ve seen quite clearly lately, they are far from invincible.
It won’t be easy as City seem miles ahead of anyone else, especially over the course of a 38-game season rather than just one-off matches or knockout ties, but Chelsea were lauded just three years ago as being on the verge of a dynasty and it’s been a rather head-spinning rollercoaster ride ever since instead. City’s experience won’t necessarily be the same as Chelsea’s obviously, but the Premier League has a way of not letting any one team get too far ahead for too long these days.
So, congrats to Manchester City, to our boy Kevin, and their record-spending. Time for the rest of the league to get to work.