Manchester City started their title celebrations in formidable fashion as they decimated a beleaguered Swansea City side in a 5-0 demolition at the Etihad Stadium.
After last week’s redemption result against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley and Manchester United’s embarrassing defeat to bottom side West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, City were crowned champions of England for the third time, equalling Arsenal’s tally of Premier League crowns under Arsene Wenger.
With an effort to ensure that City’s players did not drop their level of form towards the end of the campaign, Pep Guardiola has rallied his team together to get them to achieve the records that are still up for grabs. Today’s result against the Swans will only worry City’s rivals going into next season.
After just 12 minutes, Raheem Sterling had cut the ball back to David Silva for the opening goal of the match, before the Englishman slotted home a fantastic Fabian Delph cross to make it 2-0. After half-time, Kevin De Bruyne scored one of the goals of the season with a vicious strike from 25 yards to make it 3-0. Just after the hour mark, the Citizens were awarded a penalty after Federico Fernandez was adjudged to have gone in late on Sterling. Gabriel Jesus missed the resulting penalty, but Bernardo Silva was on hand to slot in the rebound for the fourth goal of the match. The game was ultimately sealed with two minutes of normal time remaining, as Gabriel Jesus redeemed himself with an great diving header from a delightful Yaya Toure lobbed pass.
This win puts City 16 points clear of Manchester United, once again, and takes them a step closer to more records being broken.
Here are our player ratings from the match.