MANCHESTER, England—Pep Guardiola spent the day golfing. Raheem Sterling was relaxing on his sofa. Vincent Kompany, trailed by the cameras of Manchester City’s in-house television station, was with his family. In the end, none of them needed to do anything for Manchester City to be crowned Premier League champion.
Guardiola and his team had hoped, of course, to win a third championship in seven years in rather more satisfying circumstances: had Guardiola and City beaten Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday, they would have claimed the title on home soil, against their fiercest rival. Despite leading by two goals at halftime, though, City collapsed, losing by 3-2.
Guardiola was phlegmatic in defeat: all City had to do, he said, was win two of its remaining six games.
In the end, one was enough. After 10 days in which City had crashed out of the Champions League quarterfinals to Liverpool and lost the Manchester derby,…
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