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Man City: Thousands of fans watch players celebrate Premier League title in open-top bus parade

Manchester City players celebrated their spectacular Premier League title with an open-top bus parade.

Thousands of fans gathered in the streets of Manchester to welcome back their heroes, following their stunning comeback win over Aston Villa on Monday.

Steven Gerrard’s side had taken a 2-0 lead, only for City to score three goals in five second-half minutes, through a brace from Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri, to seal their fourth title in five seasons by just one point from rival Liverpool.

Manchester City celebrate after winning their fourth league title in five seasons

Manchester City celebrate after winning their fourth league title in five seasons

Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish take photos during the bus parade as captain Fernandinho closely holds the Premier League trophy they won after a dramatic final day.

Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish take photos during the bus parade as captain Fernandinho closely holds the Premier League trophy they won after a dramatic last day.

Pep Guardiola, who described his squad as legends, enjoyed a cigar during the festivities

Pep Guardiola, who described his squad as legends, enjoyed a cigar during the festivities

Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne give the camera a thumbs up while enjoying a drink

Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne give the camera a thumbs up while enjoying a drink

Rodri, who contributed to City's comeback, sprays a drink at the assembled crowd

Rodri, who contributed to City’s comeback, sprays a drink at the assembled crowd

Thousands of fans spawned in the streets of Manchester to welcome back their title-winning heroes.

Thousands of fans spawned in the streets of Manchester to welcome back their title-winning heroes.

Ederson during the bus parade after a season in which he shared the Golden Gloves award

Ederson during the bus parade after a season in which he shared the Golden Gloves award

A Manchester City fan stands on a bus stop to get the best view of the bus parade

A Manchester City fan stands on a bus stop to get the best view of the bus parade

Thousands of fans gathered along the 1.5km course through the streets of Manchester

Thousands of fans gathered along the 1.5km course through the streets of Manchester

Manchester City fans wave flags as they eagerly await the arrival of their heroes.

Manchester City fans wave flags as they eagerly await the arrival of their heroes.

The parade set off at 6:00 pm from the National Football Museum, with jubilant fans filling the streets to cheer alongside Pep Guardiola.

As the bus made its way along the 1.5km route through the city center, Fernandinho kept his hands close to the Premier League trophy out front, in what is his last act for the club before leaving. leave this summer.

The likes of Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne were seen enjoying themselves, holding a drink while enjoying the amazing atmosphere.

Rodri sprayed his drink into the crowd of supporters as several players were seen on their phones taking photos and videos of fans on the side of the streets.

Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez take a photo with the trophy in front of the club's fans

Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez take a photo with the trophy in front of the club’s fans

Kyle Walker enjoys a drink while rubbing inspirational midfielder De Bruyne's hair

Kyle Walker enjoys a drink while rubbing inspirational midfielder De Bruyne’s hair

Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrates with the trophy after striking against Villa

Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrates with the trophy after striking against Villa

Jack Grealish celebrates with a bottle of beer as he appears alongside a club mascot

Jack Grealish celebrates with a bottle of beer as he appears alongside a club mascot

Supporters gathered for a stage show with the bus parade ending at Deansgate

Supporters gathered for a stage show with the bus parade ending at Deansgate

Blue fares are released as supporters waited for the bus parade to arrive at Deansgate

Blue fares are released as supporters waited for the bus parade to arrive at Deansgate

The parade ended at Deansgate, where the players were scheduled to be introduced on stage at around 7 p.m.

As the bus pulled up, the players enjoyed a performance of Queen’s ‘We are the Champions’ with the fans joining in.

During the parade, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne admitted he was “a little drunk” while enjoying the celebrations.

He said: ‘I’m a little drunk. It’s amazing to do this for the fourth time. We couldn’t really do it last year due to Covid but it’s amazing to see so many people here to celebrate with us.

’10 seconds after 2-0 (I felt we lost it) but we did it, City way. Now it feels very sweet.

‘Thanks to the fans, the last game and the atmosphere were amazing. Enjoy the summer and let’s go again.

Rodri, who scored the equalizer during the match, said: ‘I don’t know who to tell the feelings to, very emotional and we deserved to win the title. Coming back from 2-0 with 20 minutes left, we always believed we could do it. We are proud, the boys who play or not, we are a team.

Guardiola greets the fans with his coaching staff while enjoying his cigar

Guardiola greets the fans with his coaching staff while enjoying his cigar

Players and fans joined in a performance of Queen's 'We are the Champions'

Players and fans joined in a performance of Queen’s ‘We are the Champions’

‘I love this City, the crowd and it’s the city club. England is amazing and Manchester is great.”

John Stones added: ‘It’s hard to control where and when you play, but finishing at home is amazing, it makes a difference.

“Everyone was frustrated at 45-50 minutes, but sticking by our side and getting through the game, keeping the support and getting through it is amazing.”

We are all a team, together and it feels like that. We did it’

Oleksandr Zinchenko made a huge impact off the bench, in a substitution that was acclaimed on social media alongside Ilkay Gundogan.

The winger looked emotional after the match, as the players hugged him as he wrapped the Ukrainian flag around the Premier League trophy.

Ilkay Gundogan came off the bench to score twice during Manchester City's 3-2 win

Ilkay Gundogan came off the bench to score twice during Manchester City’s 3-2 win

Man City lifted the trophy on Sunday after winning the title by just one point from Liverpool.

Man City lifted the trophy on Sunday after winning the title by just one point from Liverpool.

During the parade, he said: “It was an amazing day and I am so proud to be a part of this amazing club.” The fans deserve it.

‘With 2-0 down, everyone was very disappointed. After scoring a goal we pushed and the fans were incredible. We started to believe and we did.’

Manchester City’s title hopes looked bleak as Matty Cash and Phillipe Coutinho gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.

But goals from Rodri and Gundogan sealed the deal for Guardiola’s side, a decade after they won their first Premier League title by the same scoreline in a 3-2 victory over QPR.

After the match, coach Guardiola hailed his team as ‘legends’ after their latest triumph in the league.

Speaking on Sunday, Guardiola said his players would be “remembered” for their achievements, adding: “When you win the Premier League in this country four times in five seasons, it’s because these guys are very, very special.”

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