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5 Key Results That Confirmed Man City As England's Best & Helped Secure the Premier League Title

Manchester City were crowned champions of England on Sunday evening following Manchester United's shock 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion

The writing has been on the wall for some time in terms of who were going to get their hands on the Premier League trophy at the end of the season, although, three defeats in succession may have placed the smallest trace of doubt into some minds. 

However, despite their recent bump in the road, the Citizens have been majestic this term; claiming 28 wins from 33 games and equalling the Red Devils' 2000/01 record for the earliest title win with five games remaining. 

So, following it finally being confirmed that the home of the defending champions will be the Etihad Stadium next season, let's take a look at five defining results which shaped Man City's sensational campaign. 

1. Man City 5-0 Liverpool

Although the victory was against a 10-man Liverpool side, Manchester City's 5-0 thrashing of their Merseyside opponents in early September was a true indicator as to how dominant Guardiola's men were set to be over the coming months. 

It also showcased the Citizens' ruthless aspect, as with the game won at 2-0, the Premier League champions continued to bulldoze their way through the Reds defence; adding three more after the break. 

It was the inaugural instance during the campaign where the might of the Etihad Stadium XI brushed aside a fellow English superpower, and it would be the first of many. 

2. Man City 7-2 Stoke City

Although the contest while solitary looks a strange result to pick out; considering the paths both clubs would go on to take throughout the year and the sheer difference in class between the two sides, it was after the conclusion matchweek 8 where Manchester City, for the first time, held the lead in the table of more than goal difference over Manchester United

The two-point gap, thanks to the Citizens' marauding 7-2 inhalation of the Potters and United's dull goalless draw with Liverpool, signalled what would turn out to be a common sight at the top of the Premier League. 

3. Man Utd 1-2 Man City

Heading into matchweek 16, Guardiola's star-studded outfit were still unbeaten; claiming 14 wins in a row in the process, and there was an 11-point difference between the top two ahead of the Manchester derby. 

That gap would go on to extend to 14 as David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi netted either side of Marcus Rashford to effectively end the title race as a contest. 

Of course, the Red Devils would fight back and reduce the deficit, but Jose Mourinho's men never truly troubled their neighbours following the defeat. 

4. Man City 3-1 Newcastle United

Although again, as was the case for the 7-2 win over Stoke, beating Newcastle United 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium does not scream a significant result. However, it was what had gone before that made it so. 

Six days prior, Liverpool had ended Manchester City's unbeaten streak via a thrilling 4-3 win at Anfield. After suffering their first loss, not many were sure what to expect next time out, as, in truth, it was an unknown. 

However, the Sky Blues seemed unfazed, and the Geordies bore the brunt of the backlash on what was a pivotal day in the Citizens' title success. 

5. Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Man City

And finally, of course, Saturday evening's impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. 

The result caught the eye for several reasons; however, maybe most importantly due to a quad of specifics. 

Not only did the north west giants bounce back from three defeats in succession to return to winning ways, but they also did so against a side who had not been beaten in 2018. 

As well as that, Guardiola's men showed the resolve that had been absent in the weeks prior, as after conceding an equaliser on the stroke of half-time, the tie could have ended up going two ways, but the Citizens' mental toughness shone through. 

And, most significantly, it proved to be the three points that clinched the title from Chelsea's grasp and the victory that crowned Manchester City as Premier League champions.