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Manchester City win thrilling title race, break Liverpool hearts

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Players and supporters of Manchester City brought out a colourful rally with the English Premier League trophy at the sun-kissed streets of the City on Monday.



Manchester City retained the Premier League title in style on Sunday, holding their nerve to come from behind and thrash Brighton to hold off a charging Liverpool after a nailbiting campaign.
Pep Guardiola's team won 4-1 at Brighton to finish with 98 points - the second-highest total in Premier League history - as Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 at Anfield to finish a single, agonising, point adrift.
City, who strung together 14 league wins at the end of the season, are the first side to retain the title since their bitter rivals Manchester United managed the feat in 2009, and remain on course for the first domestic treble in English football history.But Guardiola's team did not have it all their own way as they won a fourth English title in eight seasons and the sixth in the club's history.
A day of drama on England's south coast was in keeping with an astonishing season in which the lead switched hands time after time.
Liverpool drew first blood on Sunday, with Sadio Mane striking in the 17th minute to put them mathematically top of the table and on course for their first English top-flight title since 1990, before the Premier League era even started. City fans' nerves were shredded even further when Glenn Murray put Brighton in front from a corner in the 27th minute, drawing a huge roar at Anfield.
But those cheers were quickly muted, with Guardiola's side level just 83 seconds later, Sergio Aguero staying onside and keeping his cool to finish after a brilliant ball from David Silva.
Ten minutes later, the unmarked Aymeric Laporte rose to head in Riyad Mahrez's corner to complete the turnaround for City and second-half goals from Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt.
"We have to say congratulations to Liverpool and thank you so much - they pushed us to increase our standards," Guardiola told Sky Sports.
"It's incredible, 98 points, to go back-to-back. We made the standard higher last season and Liverpool helped us - to win this title we had to win 14 in a row. We couldn't lose one point."
"It's the toughest title we have won in all my career, by far," added the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
City jetted back north to celebrate with around 10,000 of their own fans at their Etihad Stadium late into the evening, with supporters singing along to "Wonderwall" by Oasis.
Players took it in turns to hoist the Premier League trophy, with club captain Vincent Kompany and Guardiola last to lift it, together.

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