A superb effort from Huddersfield earned them a valuable point as they battled to avoid relegation, but Manchester City, who were presented with Premier League trophy at full-time, are still on target to break its points, wins and goals record.
Pep Guardiola’s side were confirmed as champions three weeks ago to the day after Manchester United lost to West Brom, but have had to wait to get their hands on the trophy following a goalless draw with Huddersfield.
The crowning moment on a beautiful, sunny day in east Manchester came when Vincent Kompany raised aloft the biggest prize in English football, the third time the long-serving City captain has done so in seven seasons. He’ll never get tired of doing it.
There are still two games left in City’s league season — and still time for Manchester City FC to break the record for most points, wins and goals in a single Premier League campaign. Then City will aim to become an even more celebrated team by retaining the title for the first time.
While Guardiola was clearly overjoyed with the victory – looking emotional as the trophy hit the air – he left the celebrations to his players as he watched on with his staff.
“England is a special place and is so tough. Today we saw it,” Guardiola said. “You never know if you are going to win, but I had no doubt what I had to do.
“To make back-to-back titles in this league will be tough, but we accept the challenge.”
Here’s the video of Kompany lifting the trophy below;
On the other hand, Cardiff City returned to the Premier League on Sunday when a goalless draw at home to Reading was enough to give veteran manager Neil Warnock a record eighth promotion.
Only the top two at the end of the regular season were guaranteed a place in English football’s lucrative top flight and second-tier title-winners Wolves had already secured one of those spots heading into Sunday’s final round of regular-season Championship matches.
When Warnock took over some 18 months ago, Cardiff were at the other end of the table but Malaysian owner Vincent Tan’s decision to bring the experienced manager to the Welsh capital paid dividends.
Birmingham were still facing relegation when they kicked off but first-half goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz (15) and Harlee Dean (43) settled their nerves.