Manchester City came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and claimed their fourth Premier League title in five years. Kevin de Bruyne was named Player of the Season.
Kevin de Bruyne (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Kevin de Bruyne was named Premier League’s Player of the Season
- Manchester City came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2
- Ilkay Gundogan scored the winner in the 81st minute
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne had no qualms in admitting that his team panicked a little bit against Aston Villa before claiming their fourth Premier League title in five years.
Manchester City came from behind with a 3-2 win against Aston Villa. At one point, Liverpool were in the front seat to take away the trophy when Manchester City were trailing 0-2. However, Ilkay Gundogan netted City’s first goal, Rodri equalised and Gundogan scored the winner in the five-minute spell.
“Maybe (Manchester City panicked) a couple of times – but it’s normal in this situation,” De Bruyne, who was named the Premier League’s Player of the Season, was quoted as saying.
“But we tried to stay as calm as possible but sometimes it was a little bit panicked.
“At 2-1, it just changed the whole situation for me. The stadium, the atmosphere, the players change. We never looked back from there. You just go for it – you’re losing anyway,” De Bruyne added.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, the halftime substitute, dedicated the victory to his country Ukraine and draped the league trophy in the Ukrainian flag while celebrating.
“I’m so proud to be Ukrainian and I’d love to one day bring this title to Ukraine because they deserve it,” Zinchenko said. “(The support) means everything for me – I would die for these people and their support.
“What people gave me and what they have done for me during this period, the toughest period of my life, I am so appreciative and I will never forget this, never in my life.”
Midfielder Jack Grealish hailed Manchester City’s achievement, saying, “Growing up I always wanted to play in the Premier League and when I did the next thing was to get my hands on the trophy. I was nearly crying when I had it in my hand.”