INIDE MAN CITY’S DRESSING ROOM TITLE PARTY: Jack Grealish and Julian Alvarez lead delirious players singing ‘We Are the Champions’ as Rodri celebrates with beer and Bernardo Silva feasts on pizza
Manchester City’s title-winning squad took their pitchside celebrations to the dressing room after lifting the Premier League trophy for the third consecutive year on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola secured the title for his side with three games in hand and enough preparation time for his squad to reset ahead of their post-season FA Cup and Champions League campaigns.
But before the team refocuses on their pursuit of a historic Treble, there has been time for the players to get swept up in their success, and begin what could be a summer of celebrations.
Long after the final whistle, the squad gathered in the Etihad changing rooms, where Jack Grealish and Julian Alvarez led their delighted team-mates in a rendition of ‘We Are the Champions’ – the Queen’s original boom from the speakers.
In pictures from Sky Sports, the players were seen swapping their jerseys for special editions of their first kit emblazoned not with their names but ‘Champions – 23’ to commemorate the season’s achievements.
Manchester City lifted their third successive Premier League trophy on Sunday
The players gambled on the pitch after lifting the trophy aloft, before celebrating in their dressing room in the bowels of the Etihad
Jack Grealish and Julian Alvarez (left and center left) lead a chorus of ‘We Are the Champions’
Joining them in their fun was kitman Brandon Ashton, who memorably celebrated City winning their domestic treble in 2019 by stripping to his underwear and launching himself into a laundry basket.
Rodri cracked open a beer which he held aloft as he was pulled into the merry gang in the middle of the dressing room.
Although now 18, academy starlet Rico Lewis sipped on a sports drink as he watched the party unfold around him.
Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias took a bite of the pizza, but that didn’t save the Portuguese international from impressing the roaring crowds of Erling Haaland and Phil Foden.
Rodri enjoyed a celebratory beer after the final whistle as the players began to unwind
Conversely, Phil Foden waved a bottle of post-performance drink over his head in triumph
The players were clearly delighted with their achievements, hugging each other and swaying in time to the music, but their celebrations received sharp artistic criticism from pundit Micah Richards.
The former Man City player reflected that the singing was ‘terrible’ as the cameras let the players have their fun.
‘Like strangled cats!’ Richards teased.
After the final whistle in their 1-0 victory over Chelsea, Kyle Walker hinted at the celebrations to come.
Kyle Walker said that while there will be some celebrations, the focus will shift to June
Erling Haaland enjoyed a sip of Man City-branded bubbly on the pitch wearing his medal
The grass at the Etihad was strewn with bottles after the final whistle – although most may have been knocked over by overzealous fans.
‘We’ll have a few glasses of champagne,’ admitted the defender. ‘But then we move on to June’, adding that he is adamant that the team’s definition of success includes winning their first Champions League trophy and claiming the second-ever Treble in English football.
‘We have two massive finals,’ he continued. ‘To say we’re up there with the best Premier League teams of all time we’ve got to go and beat some of those. We’ve been called the Fourmidables and the Centurions but to get this, we can really make our mark as one of the greatest teams of all time in the Premier League.’
Walker and his team-mates were unable to celebrate immediately on the pitch after referee Michael Oliver called time on their tie with their west London rivals after fans rushed down from the stands and stormed the pitch. .
Players from both sides were quickly ushered out and down the security tunnel moments after the final whistle as supporters flooded the ground.
News/Image Sources: Daily Mail