After a stunning season which saw them clinch the Premier League title, Manchester City can look back proudly on the 2013-14 campaign.
On the final day they beat West Ham United 2-0 to win the league and rule supreme in the PL. In truth, for a few weeks now it has never been in doubt. Coolness personified, City;s experienced core of Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Yaya Toure and others have played fantastically well and kept their cool down the stretch.
Surprisingly, due to games being postponed throughout the season, City only led the league for 14 days. When it mattered most, they came out on top.
They scored a league-high 102 goals, won the League Cup and had the second best defensive record in the Premier League. City were deserved champions, as Manuel Pellegrini delivered a league title in his first season as City manager and his first campaign managing in England. So, a grueling 38-game season, which started in mid-August 2013, has now come to a close and City are top of the pile and became just the fourth club to win multiple PL titles in their history after Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Above is a fantastic video compiled by NBC Sports’ wonderful production staff, as they pay homage to City’s title-winning season. Sit back, get yourself some popcorn and watch Pellegrini’s players put on a clinic of how to win the PL in style.
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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.
Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.
If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.
The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.
Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.
Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.
Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.
Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.
Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.
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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.
Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.
The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.
Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.
The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.
In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.