Manchester City retain title

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LONDON

Manchester City retained the Premier League title in style on Sunday, holding their nerve to come from behind against Brighton and see off a charging Liverpool after a thrilling campaign. Pep Guardiola’s team thumped Brighton 4-1 away to finish on 98 points – the second-highest total in Premier League history – as Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 at Anfield to finish a single, agonising, point adrift. City, who strung together 14 league wins at the end of the season, are the first side to retain the title since their bitter rivals Manchester United managed the feat in 2009, and remain on course for the first domestic treble in English football history.

This is City’s fourth Premier League title and sixth overall in England’s top flight, tying them with Chelsea and Sunderland. Only Manchester United (20), Liverpool (18), Arsenal (13), Everton (nine) and Aston Villa (seven) have more league titles. But Guardiola’s team of aristocrats did not have it all their own way on a day of drama on England’s south coast, in keeping with an astonishing season in which the lead switched hands time after time. — VoM

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