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Five Things We Learned: Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa (Premier League)

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions after a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory against Aston Villa on the final day of the season.

With the likes of Matty Cash and Coutinho firing Aston Villa in to a 2-0 lead within 69 minutes of the Premier League title decider at the Etihad, it looked all but lost for Manchester City, as Liverpool’s quadruple dreams looked likely to manifest.

However, inspired substitutions from Pep Guardiola did the trick for the hosts, with Ilkay Gundogan in particular stealing the show with a brilliant brace in the space of five minutes, alongside Rodri’s stunning equaliser sandwiched as Manchester City ended up 3-2 victors.

Despite Liverpool triumphing 3-1 against Wolves at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s side had to be content with being second best, as Manchester City completed a turnaround that was fitting after the ten-year anniversary of the iconic ‘93:20’ goal against QPR in 2012.

As City were crowned Premier League champions for the fourth time in five seasons, here are the five things we learned from a day where they made the stuff of dreams a reality.

Ilkay Gundogan: The Protagonist

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After Manchester City’s gut-wrenching defeat to Real Madrid, a major chunk of the post-match discourse was centred around the club’s supposedly brittle mentality.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise to discover that the footballing gods may well have conjured up a game solely for the purpose of debunking a horrifically misguided theory, as Manchester City’s comeback sits on the same table as some of the best fight-backs in the division’s storied history.

It is no coincidence that a side that has blitzed their way onto four league titles in the last five campaigns did the impossible, as champion sides with a steely single-mindedness tend to do, over and over again.

Doubting one of the modern-era’s greatest sides in any department is a decision one takes at their own peril, and the ones that chose to walk down that path after the result at the Bernabéu have humble pie awaiting them.

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