Two years ago, City won the title on goal difference ahead of neighbor Manchester United after coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers on the final day. Sunday’s victory, however, meant Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield was meaningless, and City finished two points above the Merseyside club.
As soon as the final whistle was blown, thousands of fans flooded the Etihad Stadium field, setting off blue flares.
City spent just 15 days in first place during a season when the lead changed hands 25 times. But Manuel Pellegrini’s club surged to the top when it mattered most.