Five games that won Manchester City the title

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The slender margin by which Manchester City won the title from rivals Liverpool means that every one of their 32 League wins were equally important as were the two draws the endured.

With the benefit of hindsight we can see how each result fits into the patchwork of an incredible Premier League season and pick out some critical matches that we feel carried that little bit of extra significance.

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City 07/10/2018

At the time it seemed as though Manchester City had dropped points at Anfield. Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty miss cost Pep Guardiola’s men a shot at moving clear at the top of the table but in retrospect they did well to stifle a Liverpool team that would get into an incredible attacking rhythm.

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool 19/01/2019

This match above all others turned the season around for Manchester City. The club had endured a difficult December where they suffered three of the four league defeats inflicted on them all season and faced the prospect of Liverpool moving well clear at the top if they could grab three points at the Etihad. City produced two excellent halves of football and would be the only side to beat Liverpool in league football in the 2018/19 season.

Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City 24/04/2019

In this key fixture Manchester City might have been forgiven for being a little distracted but they proved to be clinical and a hapless Manchester United were in no position to do Liverpool any favours. It was a big match, a derby and in the title run-in it needed to be won. City played the game well and put to bed a wounded but dangerous United side and set themselves on the path to glory.

Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City 06/05/2019

In the penultimate round of action Leicester City’s counterattacking football had the potential to be a banana skin for Guardiola’s men. City struggled to breakdown an organized Foxes unit managed by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. With 70 minutes gone up stepped captain Vincent Kompany to strike an outrageous winner from outside the box, ensuring City kept their fate in their own hands on the final day.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-4 Manchester City 12/05/2019

It was the final day of the season against a club who had narrowly avoided the drop but it was also a game City had to win. Liverpool took the lead early on Merseyside and then to the horror of City’s travelling fans Brighton scored the opener. City proved their class and resilience though as they quickly equalized before Aymeric Laporte headed them in front on 38 minutes. Two more goals from Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan made the game and the title safe long before the final whistle.

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