Manchester City 4-1 Brighton: 5 players who won the Premier League for Pep Guardiola
On the final day of the season, Manchester City and Liverpool had put the whole world on their toes. They dragged the title race to the end of the season, after pushing each other to the limits of their abilities.
Both clubs had been exceptional in their quest for excellence and their relentlessness had been the top ingredient for a very entertaining Premier League season. Before the start of the game, City were a point ahead of Liverpool at the top of the table.
Guardiola went into the final game of the season knowing that a win would confirm them as champions, regardless of the result of the Liverpool game. He started with Ederson in goal, with Walker, Kompany, Laporte and Zinchenko making up the back four. David Silva, Gundogan and Bernando Silva made up the midfield, while up top, Mahrez and Sterling partnered Aguero in attack.
City started the game strong, but failed to stamp their authority in the game. Things turned nervy when Brighton scored in the 27th minute through Murray. However, City reponded within the minute, as Aguero drew his team level. Guardiola's team kicked into a higher gear from there on and took the lead in the 38th minute through Laporte.
In the second half City came out with all guns blazing and took the game away from Brighton in the 64th minute through Mahrez. In the 72nd minute, Gundogan made it 4-0 and sealed the game for the Champions.
In the end, City's excellent season ended in an brilliant comeback win and helped them win the title. While the whole team was exceptional, Pep Guardiola will be extra pleased with these 5 men who were brilliant on the night and won City the Premier League title.
#5 David Silva
Bernardo Silva popped up around the park as City tried hard to break the deadlock in the opening quarters of the game. His speed and trickery made him a constant threat, and he regularly knocked at the Brighton door. Silva was the main instigator from the midfield, as City strived to find a breakthrough.
The Spaniard tried to unleash his forward players with his clever passing in the final third. After City went behind, it was Silva’s clever ball to Aguero that broke the dead lock. Silva was not averse to the dirty work either, regularly cleaning up and ensuring that City were not caught up on the counter.