Manchester City players celebrate winning their fourth Premier League title in five years as thousands of fans take to the city’s streets to watch their open-top bus parade after their dramatic win against Aston Villa
- Manchester City won their fourth league title in five years in dramatic fashion
- Pep Guardiola’s side came from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 on Sunday
- They beat rivals Liverpool to the league title by just one point after 38 games
- City players celebrated their win with a parade through Manchester’s streets
Manchester City players are celebrating their dramatic Premier League title success with an open-top bus parade.
Thousands of fans have gathered through the streets of Manchester to welcome their heroes, following their stunning comeback victory over Aston Villa on Monday.
Steven Gerrard’s side had taken a 2-0 lead, only for City to score three goals in five second-half minutes, through an Ilkay Gundogan brace and Rodri, to seal their fourth title in five seasons by just one point from rivals Liverpool.
Manchester City are celebrating after winning their fourth league title in five seasons
Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish take photos during the bus parade while captain Fernandinho is keeping a close grip on the Premier League trophy which they won after a dramatic final day
Pep Guardiola described his side as ‘legends’ and said they will ‘be remembered’ after the win
Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne raise their thumbs up for the camera while they enjoy a drink
Rodri who contributed towards City’s comeback sprays a drink at the crowds gathered
Thousands of fans fathered on the streets of Manchester to welcome their title-winning heroes
Ederson during the bus parade after a season in which he shared the Golden Gloves award
A Manchester City fan climbs onto a bus stop to get the best view of the bus parade
Thousands of fans gathered alongside the 1.5km route through the streets of Manchester
Manchester City fans wave flags as they await in anticipation for their heroes to come by
The parade set off at 6pm from the National Football Museum, with jubilant supporters lining the streets to cheer on Pep Guardiola’s side.
As the bus trawled along the 1.5km route through the city centre, Fernandinho was keeping close hands on the Premier League trophy at the front – in what is his final act for the club before he leaves this summer.
Players such as Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne were seen enjoying themselves, celebrating a drink as they took in the incredible atmosphere.
Rodri sprayed his drink towards the crowd of supporters while a number of players were seen on their phones taking photos and videos of the fans on the side of the streets.
Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez take a photo with the trophy in front of the club’s supporters
Kyle Walker enjoys a drink as he rubs the hair of inspirational midfielder De Bruyne
Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrates with the trophy after making a big impact against Villa
Jack Grealish celebrates with a bottle of beer as he is pictured alongside a club mascot
They will finish at a live stage setup outside the Hilton Hotel where players will then be presented on stage around 7pm.
During the parade, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne admitted he was a ‘little bit drunk’ as he enjoyed the celebrations.
He said: ‘I am a little bit drunk. It is amazing, to do this for the fourth time. We couldn’t really do it last year because of Covid but amazing to see so many people here to celebrate with us.
’10 seconds after the 2-0 (felt we lost it) but we did it, the City way. Now it feels very sweet.
‘Thank you to the fans, the last game and atmosphere was amazing. Enjoy the summer and let’s go again.’
Grealish, who led the boozy celebrations at the Ivy in Manchester on Sunday night, said he wanted ‘to see everyone’ at a pub in the city on Monday evening.
As per the BBC, he said: ‘Unbelievable. It has been difficult (the season) at times.
‘I want to see everyone at the Albert Schloss tonight and I’ll buy you a shot.’
John Stones added: ‘It is hard to control where and when you are playing but to finish at home is incredible, it makes all the difference.
‘Everyone was frustrated on 45-50 minutes but to stick by us and get through the game, keep the support and to get through it is incredible.
‘We are all one team, together and it feels like that. We did it’
Oleksandr Zinchenko made a huge impact off the bench, in a substitution that was hailed on social media alongside Ilkay Gundogan.
The full-back was emotional after the match, as players hugged him as he wrapped the Ukrainian flag around the Premier League trophy.
Ilkay Gundogan came off the bench to score twice during Manchester City’s 3-2 victory
Man City lifted the trophy on Sunday after winning the title by just one point to Liverpool
During the parade, he said: ‘It was an unbelievable day and I am so proud to be a part of this amazing club. The fans deserve it.
‘At 2-0 down everyone was so disappointed. After scoring one goal we would push and the fans were amazing. We started to believe and we did it.’
Manchester City’s title hopes looked bleak when Matty Cash and Phillipe Coutinho gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.
But goals from Rodri and Gundogan sealed the city for Guardiola’s side – a decade after they won their first Premier League title by the same scoreline in a 3-2 win over QPR.
After the game, manager Guardiola hailed his side as ‘legends’ after their latest league triumph.
Speaking on Sunday, Guardiola said his players would ‘be remembered’ for their accomplishments, and added: ‘When you win the Premier League in this country four times in five seasons, it is because these guys are so, so special.’
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