SOUL OF SPORT: As fans storm the pitch to celebrate their Premier League title, KEVIN QUIGLEY captures the mood at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City cruise to victory over Chelsea to secure their fourth domestic championship for five years
Welcome back to Soul of Sport. In this episode of the series, KEVIN QUIGLEY is at the Etihad Stadium to claim Manchester City’s fourth Premier League title in five years.
Pep Guardiola’s side eased past Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a confident goal from Argentine forward Julian Alvarez.
City mathematically wrapped up the title on Saturday as second-placed Arsenal dropped more points against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
Our man was on hand to capture the best moments of the day with a Nikon Z9 camera, with a 70-200mm lens.
Manchester City’s Premier League title party finally began in earnest on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium
Fans packed the Mancunian arena to toast their team winning the championship as they prepared to play against Chelsea
These fish and chip shops outside the stadium decorated with pictures of Jack Grealish and Ederson serving customers
Many fans lined up outside Mr Macs Chippy to grab some good old fashioned British food before the match
This woman sought out Mail Sport photographer Kevin Quigley in front of some sandwiches, apples, biscuits and pork pie
Some City supporters have displayed their tattoos of the club’s new badge as a permanent sign of their loyalty to the team
Local street vendors sold T-shirts that read ‘We are the Champions’ in reference to the famous Queen song
A City fan takes a photo on his phone of a small mural in honor of the club’s talented manager Pep Guardiola (above)
A young City supporter held a giant inflatable banana and a blue flare that blew smoke into the Manchester air
The match against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, playing for nothing but pride, often had a somewhat processional feel
During the match, hundreds of supporters turned their backs on the action to perform the famous ‘Poznan’ celebration
Despite warnings not to do so, City fans stormed the pitch at the final whistle in their droves to celebrate the title victory
A young fan sits on top of this man’s shoulders with fists outstretched to praise Guardiola and the stars’ incredible success
Two City supporters hold a blue banner with the club badge and the words ‘3 in a row – not in our lifetime’ written on it
This young supporter fist-bumped Mail Sport’s Kevin Quigley as security staff stood by to protect the players’ safety
The fans cheered and raised their hands in celebration as City captain Ilkay Gundogan raised the trophy in front of them
The players wore jerseys with ‘Champions 23’ written on them and sang songs that were played over the stadium’s speakers.
This player shows off his shiny gold medal awarded for the club’s fourth Premier League championship in the last five years
Guardiola, whose team has enjoyed almost unparalleled dominance in recent years, kissed the medal in a gesture of victory.
Superstar striker Erling Haaland, this season’s record-breaking top scorer after signing last summer, held the trophy aloft.
German midfielder Gundogan, who is out of contract this summer and can leave on a free, lifted the trophy to rapturous cheers
The Premier League trophy is set to be engraved with Manchester City’s name for the fourth time in the past five years
The last bottle of champagne, sprayed around in jubilation, surrounded by blue and white ticker tape circled the Soul of Sport today
News/Image Sources: Daily Mail