Man City escape early scare to retain Premier League title

They have held off the threat of Liverpool, pipping them to the title after amassing 98 points. At last, it was sufficient.

City scored four times here, recovering from Glenn Murray’s 27th moment strike to jog to triumph on the south coast.

Nobody ever tells you Brighton is a tough place to go, but Man City still needed to win down here.

They did it, adding to their 37th minute lead through Aymeric Laporte when Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan fixed it in the second half.

Mahrez’s goal, pinging off his right foot on the edge of the territory, was a peach.

Gundogan’s free-kick, bending over the Brighton wall after 72 minutes, began off the celebs on the south coast.

There was a little scare, a little wobble when Brighton went in front.

It was short-lived.

A moment, as is commonly said, is quite a while in football.

That is how long Brighton’s lead lasted before it was scrubbed out by Sergio Aguero.

Pep knows that and it will be his job, once the FA Cup final against Watford is off the beaten path, to strengthen this squad.

They have the means to do it.

Once they got into their stride here they pulverised Brighton with their trademark, merciless wrapping up.

They have amassed 198 points over the past two seasons, the predominant power in English football nowadays.

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