Key victories that carried Man City to Premier League title

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola embraces with Kevin De Bruyne during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Key victories that carried Manchester City to Premier League title

MANCHESTER, England — Key victories that carried Manchester City to the Premier League title:

SEPT. 5: MAN CITY 5 LIVERPOOL 0

After opening the campaign with three successive wins, City made a serious statement with this thrashing of a leading side. Sergio Aguero put City ahead before Liverpool had Sadio Mane sent off following a collision with goalkeeper Ederson. Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane scored two each.

SEPT. 16: WATFORD 0 MAN CITY 6

An eye-pleasing performance with City fluid and exhilarating. Aguero scored a sublime hat trick while there were further goals for Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling's penalty.

SEPT. 30: CHELSEA 0 MAN CITY 1

As well as demolishing some sides, Pep Guardiola's side showed it could prize open the most stubborn of opponents. A slender victory at Stamford Bridge was just such a case. City dominated but it took a spectacular strike from Kevin De Bruyne to settle the game.

NOV. 26: MAN CITY 2 SOUTHAMPTON 1

Having seen some of their rivals cut open by City in the early part of the season, teams began to adopt more defensive mindsets against the leaders. It was a difficult spell, but ultimately City still prevailed, grinding out victories over Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham. The victory over Southampton seemed psychologically critical, secured by Sterling's goal deep into stoppage time that sparked jubilant scenes.

DEC. 10: MAN UNITED 1 MAN CITY 2

The headlines were dominated by a post-match fracas outside the dressing room as City took a decisive step towards the title by winning at Old Trafford to establish an 11-point lead at the top. David Silva and Otamendi capitalized on defensive mistakes to secure victory.

DEC. 16: MAN CITY 4 TOTTENHAM 1

De Bruyne produced an inspired display as City again showed its class. The Belgian got on the scoresheet after Ilkay Gundogan's opener. Sterling grabbed two more after Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty.

MARCH 1: ARSENAL 0 MAN CITY 3

The title race became a procession as Arsenal allowed City to coast to victory at the Emirates Stadium. Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Sane were on target as sublime City effectively got the job done inside 33 minutes.

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