The 2013-14 Premier League season has drawn to a close with completion of Championship Sunday. Here’s the talking points from the last day with the title and the final Europa League spot still to be decided.
Manchester City win the title
After a season of twists and turns in an enthralling title race Manchester City have been crowned Champions of the Premier League. Their win at home against West Ham gives Manuel Pellegrini’s men the points they needed to lift the clubs second title in three years.
A draw would have been enough to secure the title but goals from Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany won the game for the sky blues.
Elsewhere Liverpool City’s only challengers came from behind at Anfield to beat Newcastle. Alan Pardew’s side had two men sent off in the second half which saw Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge score for the home side but it wasn’t enough to catch City.
These results mean that City finish top on 84 points, Liverpool finish second on 81 points. Both sides have been in extraordinary goal scoring form, City scored 102 goals this season, Liverpool scored 101.
City and Liverpool also have the lion’s share of the top scorers: Luis Suarez is the Leagues’ top scorer with 31, Sturridge is joint second second from top with Yaya Toure, both on 20 while Sergio Aguero is fourth from top with 17.
Tottenham beat Manchester United to Europe
This season has been one to forget for Manchester United fans. As if watch arch rivals Manchester City and Liverpool battle it out for the title wasn’t bad enough the defending champions have failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 25 years.
Tottenham’s 3-0 win against Aston Villa means that Spurs secure 6th and finish in the final position for European qualification. Goals from Paulinho, an own goal and an Emmanuel Adebayor penalty were enough to secure the vital three points. Many believe that the game will be Tim Sherwood’s final game in charge of Tottenham with rumours circulating that a new manager will replace him in the summer.
Elsewhere United could only manage a draw away at Southampton, Rickie Lambert put the home side ahead but a curling free kick from Juan Mata levelled the scores.
Premier League Season 2013-14 Breakdown
Champions : Manchester City
Champions League Qualifiers: Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal.
Europa League Qualifiers: Everton, Tottenham.
Relegated : Norwich, Cardiff Fulham.