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Five things we learned from Premier League
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MANCHESTER, April 16 ― Manchester City are English champions for a fifth time after Manchester United's shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom handed their local rivals an unexpected early title party.

City put themselves in position to win the league by bouncing back from a bitterly disappointing week to w88 login ease past Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday to remind everyone why they have been the best side in the country by a distance this season. Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League weekend: Just champion: Guardiola marks his presence felt

With the title wrapped up without kicking a ball thanks to United's shock defeat, City can reflect on a success crafted completely in the image of boss Pep Guardiola. A two-goal lead was in peril at Wembley against opponents starting to take advantage of the soft centre at the heart of City's defence. It was a familiar problem for Guardiola, who had watched United come from two goals down to beat City and deny them the title last weekend.

After their limp Champions League exit against Liverpool, a City collapse against Tottenham deposit w88 would have had the critics carping that Guardiola has no Plan B when things go wrong. But the Catalan produced the perfect counter by introducing Nicolas Otamendi as a second half substitute to tighten up the City defence.

The move allowed City a foundation to bag the decisive third goal that all but sealed the title. Just 24 hours later, with Guardiola claiming he would be on the golf course, City were teeing off for a title party. United 'moon' men anger Mourinho A week after spoiling City's title party, United duly handed the league to their local rivals. West Brom hadn't won in the Premier League since January, losing nine of their last 10 league games to slip to the brink of relegation.

However, United boss Jose Mourinho lambasted his players for basking in the glory of coming from 2-0 down to beat City 3-2 last weekend. “I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against City. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week,” said the Portuguese coach.

“We deserve to be punished, but the defeat was too heavy.” Chelsea collapse sinks Saints With 20 minutes remaining at St. Mary's on Saturday, Southampton looked set to move out of the bottom three thanks to a first home league win since November.

However, in just eight minutes a 2-0 lead over Chelsea evaporated into a 3-2 defeat. To make mansion88 matters worse for Saints, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace secured vital wins later in the day to leave Southampton five points adrift of safety with just five games left to save themselves.

Salah in a Rush for record Four days on from reaching the Champions League last four for the first time in a decade, Liverpool moved ever closer to sealing their place back in the competition next season with a top-four finish thanks to a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
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