Man City 1-0 Chelsea: Champions make easy work of Blues as title party continues
Manchester City’s Premier League title party continues on Sunday with a routine win over Chelsea.
Julian Alvarez scored the only goal, and saw a second ruled out in the second half, as Pep Guardiola made nine changes to his team after seeing Arsenal’s latest defeat hand them the title before kicking a ball.
It was a 12th consecutive win for City, who now have 88 points from 36 games, seven more than Arsenal who have played 37 games. Frank Lampard's Chelsea are 12th with 43 points and one game remaining meaning they will record a worst-ever Premier League points total.
Alvarez scored in the 12th minute for a largely a second-string City side, slipping the ball under keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from a pass by Kyle Walker. He had another goal chalked off for a handball in the build-up.
With nothing on the line on Sunday and two huge games on the horizon - the FA Cup and Champions League finals - Pep Guardiola left his big guns including goal-scoring machine Erling Haaland on the bench for most of the game. City still dominated, proving they are a well-oiled machine no matter what parts the mastermind manager has to work with.
City were crowned champions for the third season in a row and fifth in six years a day earlier than expected when Arsenal's 1-0 defeat doused any hopes the Londoners had of catching them.
The mood on Sunday was festive. Chelsea sportingly gave the City players, who had watched the Arsenal game together the previous evening, a guard of honour before kickoff while thousands of fans rushed onto the field after the final whistle.
Haaland was a late substitute and did not extend his record of 36 goals in a single Premier League season.
Additional reporting by Reuters.