Manchester City fans flock to welcome the elected champions ahead of the game with Chelsea … but they are disappointed as Pep Guardiola seals the chance for the Premier League title after losing to Blues.
- Manchester City missed the chance to capture the Premier League title on Saturday
- They defeated Chelsea in their Champions League final warm-up
- City fans showed up en masse for the game, but there was no party
Hundreds of supporters of the elected champions Manchester City crowded around the Etihad for their Premier League title on Saturday – but there would be no party as Chelsea rained on their parade.
The Blues came from behind to seal a 2-1 win over Pep Guardiola’s men, leaving City fans disappointed as they showed up in their droves to celebrate what they hoped would be a title win.
But Marcos Alonso showed up with a late winner to end and hopes for it, meaning City will have to wait another week to confirm themselves as Premier League champions.
Manchester City fans showed up en masse for their massive game against Chelsea
Pep Guardiola’s side could have won the Premier League title had they defeated the Blues
But the Sky Blues were stunned by Chelsea when Marcos Alonso scored a late winner at the Etihad.
No fans are allowed to take to the ground due to current coronavirus restrictions, but if City sealed the Premier League title with a win against Chelsea, there would likely have been huge festivities on the streets of Manchester.
Several hundred fans gathered outside the stadium, chanting happily and blue flares began as Guardiola’s side was welcomed to cheer their side and create an intimidating atmosphere for the visiting Blues.
The domestic title has not been in question after recent appearances, but fans will be keen to see the team mathematically and officially secure the crown after a rampant Liverpool rode to the title last season.
Pep Guardiola will have to wait longer to take the title after another defeat against Chelsea
City supporters had lit torches and sang songs when the team buses reached the ground
Police were on site when the fans gathered, but the mood changed from happy to dejected after the full-time whistle
Saturday’s clash acted as a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final on May 29, three weeks to the day after the Blues beat them 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final to end their dreams from a historic quadruple.
But Guardiola was defeated by his counterpart Tuchel in yet another big match in which the German gained a much-needed psychological advantage over the European showpiece.
Chelsea have now finished third in the Premier League rankings following their stunning victory against odds over Leicester City dropping to fourth. West Ham United is now only five points behind the Foxes with a game in hand.