Manchester City thrashes Swansea 5 – 0. There were celebrations at full-time – thousands of fans invaded the pitch as Pep Guardiola’s side emphatically ended a run of three successive home defeats.
Manchester City thrashed Swansea after they were given a guard of honour in their first match since being crowned Premier League champions.
Raheem Sterling’s cut-back set up David Silva’s early opener before the winger poked in from six yards to make it two.
Kevin de Bruyne scored a sensational 25-yard drive before Bernardo Silva pounced on the rebound of Gabriel Jesus’ saved penalty. But the Brazilian eventually found the back of the net when he headed in Yaya Toure’s chipped pass to round off another stunning display.
Manchester City has now set a new record of 29 wins in an English top-flight season. Swansea is without a win in five league matches and remains four points above the relegation zone with four games to play.
And the Swans must take on fifth-placed Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium next week before hosting relegation-threatened Stoke and Southampton in a tough run-in. Manchester City can look forward to their final home game of the season against Huddersfield on 6 May, when they will be presented with the Premier League trophy.
It was a day of celebrations for Manchester City, who were crowned Premier League champions last week following Manchester United’s defeat by West Brom. Supporters gathered at Etihad Stadium before kick-off to parade replica trophies, fly flags and welcome the champions on arrival.
They also stormed the pitch in numbers to celebrate at full-time – singing, taking pictures and setting off flares to congratulate Manchester City’s third Premier League title. And Guardiola’s side were applauded by the Swansea players and staff in a guard of honour before kick-off.
The hosts’ performance was worthy of a title-winning side, too.
They cut Swansea’s defence apart in the opening stages and passed the ball around with flair and creativity. It was a display of intent from the champions, who can still break a number of records before the season ends in May.
This victory took them to 90 points, five shy of the Premier League record set by Chelsea in 2004-05. Manchester City has now also broken their own record tally of 89, set in 2011-12, and Guardiola could beat his previous best points tally in a single league season as a manager – 99, with Barcelona in 2009-10.
No team has accrued 100 points or more in a single top-flight campaign, but City would become the first that if they pick up 10 from their remaining four games.
Source: BBC News