Noel Gallagher was here, smiling broadly amid the celebrations and later dancing around the trophy in the away dressing room, as City captain Vincent Kompany swigged champagne while the rest of us may raise a glass to their achievement and that of a brilliant Liverpool to run them so incredibly close.
For 21 minutes of Sunday afternoon, if the results stood as they were, then Liverpool would have won their first title for 29 years. It has been tiny margins throughout, millimetres over the goal-line, or not, at the Etihad and Turf Moor as the technology proved, for two giants of football who have finished miles ahead of the rest. And so it ended with just a single point separating them and Liverpool losing only one game all season and somehow finishing second. That somehow is City.
Between them these two fine teams have amassed 195 points, the first time two sides have passed 90 points in a season, with City finishing on top with 98. Remarkable and, for Liverpool, cruel. City finished with a 14th successive league victory – no team has ever ended with that perfect sequence in top-flight history – and that in itself is extraordinary.
“We knew for two months we could not lose a point,” Guardiola said and he was right except, actually, it was more than three months with no margin for error and often playing after Liverpool as the lead changed time and again. He has the resources but, wow, he also the resolve.
- source : BBC NEWS