It’s been easy to see for a while that Manchester City were going to win the Premier League title this season, but it became official on Sunday, City are this season’s Premier League champions. It happened unexpectedly on Sunday, City had beat Tottenham 3-1 on Saturday, but to clinch the title this weekend they also needed West Brom to beat Manchester United. Relegation-bound West Brom obliged, knocking off the Red Devils 1-0 at Old Trafford. This was a nice bounceback for City after the United and Liverpool losses, and while the Champions League exit stings, this has been a tremendous year for City. Andy Edwards of NBC Sports looks back at the 10 best moments of Man City’s Premier League season.
Atletico Madrid clinched a Champions League spot next year in La Liga, sealing it with a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday. Antoine Greizmann scored in his fourth consecutive outing in La Liga, and substitute Fernando Torres scored his 100th La Liga goal. This was a big moment for Torres and Atleti fans, as this will be his last year at the club. Atletico as a club are also in an era of remarkable consistency, as this will be their 6th straight year in the Champions League.
In the marquee MLS matchup of the weekend, Atlanta United and New York City FC drew 2-2 down in Atlanta. Atlanta United twice took the lead, on goals through Greg Garza and Chris McCann, but twice NYCFC fought back and equalized, first on a PK by David Villa, then late in the game a thunderous strike by Alexander Ring. This was a fun match between two Eastern Conference heavyweights, and it lived up to the billing. Also notable about this match was it was the MLS debut of Ezequiel Barco, the record signing Atlanta United made in the offseason. Barco got hurt in the preseason unfortunately, and this was the first game action he got, replacing Kevin Kratz in the 70th minute. Barco looked good in his debut, and though they didn’t get the win, Atlanta fans will be encouraged that Barco made his debut and didn’t look off the pace.
When you get to the semifinals of the Champions League, all the teams left are good teams. Even though Real Madrid is probably the clear favorite, and Roma is the least talented of the four teams, Roma just beat Barcelona handily at home, and Real Madrid scraped through the last round of the Champions League by the skin of their teeth. Andi Thomas of SB Nation talks about why each of the remaining teams could win the Champions League this year.
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