Manchester City became the first team to retain a Premier League title in ten years on a dramatic final day in English football’s top flight.
City’s 4-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion meant that Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers was in vain, as City maintained their single point lead at the top of the table to secure consecutive titles.
The Premier League final day wasn’t smooth sailing for City though, as they went 1-0 down inside the first half-hour, at a time when Liverpool were already leading against Wolves. However, Pep Guardiola’s team were only behind for 83 seconds before Sergio Agüero equalised, and went ahead ten minutes later through an Aymeric Laporte header.
City got another two stunning goals in the second half through Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gündogan to land the crown.
Guardiola’s side now have the two highest points totals in Premier League history; 100 last season, 98 this campaign.
Their win at Brighton means Liverpool’s 97 points is the most a Premier League side have gained without winning the league, thoroughly beating the previous record of 79.
Chelsea had already secured a top four spot before the final day, and both they and fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur drew to keep those positions as they were. Spurs’ draw also solidified their Champions League status for next season.
Tottenham had a three-point lead over Arsenal, with a better goal difference by eight goals. They’ll now play the Champions League final on June 1 knowing that, regardless of the result, they’ll be in that competition next season.
Europa League qualification gets a little more confusing, and depends on the result of the FA Cup final next week.
Currently, seventh-place Wolverhampton Wanderers have a place in the second qualifying round next season. However, if Watford — who finished 11th — win at Wembley against City, the Hornets will enter the Europa League group stage and Wolves will miss out on a European adventure.
Sixth-place Manchester United, who would have been due to enter the group stage, will be bumped down to the second qualifying round instead.
But if the Gunners win the Europa League final on May 29, then they go into the Champions League group stage next season and United would join Watford in the Europa League group stage.
At the other end of the table, relegation had already been wrapped up. Cardiff City, Fulham, and Huddersfield Town will all be in the Championship next season. Norwich City and Sheffield United have won automatic promotion to be 2019/20 Premier League teams, and Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, and Derby County are contesting the play-offs for the third and final spot.
It wasn't just the league title that went down to the wire this season, with the Golden Boot race finishing with three players tied on 22 goals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mané will share the award, with Sergio Agüero only a touch behind on 21.