Three factors aiding Manchester City’s title triumph

Manuel Pellegrini’s side clinched the Premier League trophy on the final day of the season.

Manchester City won their second Premier League title in three years on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side ended the 2013-14 campaign with 86 points, two more than Liverpool, who made sure that the race for the title went down to the wire.

Here, we look at three reasons why City won the title.

1) Arsenal’s implosions

A home loss to Aston Villa and late equalisers conceded against Everton and Swansea City could have all been prevented and seven extra points could have decided the title. The failure to add extra firepower in January, as well as an injury crisis that saw the Gunners lose Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott for large parts of the season, led to heavy losses against Chelsea (6-0), Everton (3-0) and Liverpool (5-1); the Gunners also suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.

2) Liverpool & Chelsea’s slip-ups

Where a point would have been sufficient against Chelsea, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers sent his team out to attack - although it is understandable that he did not want to change a winning formula. Steven Gerrard’s slip close to the halfway line may not have resulted in the Blues' opener at Anfield if Rodgers had decided to approach the game more conservatively. Rodgers also made vital tactical errors against Crystal Palace, refusing to acknowledge that the gap in goal difference could not be closed. Chelsea have had trouble scoring this season, and dropped points against Stoke, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.

3) Favourable decisions

Tottenham 1-5 Manchester City: Michael Dawson’s equaliser was controversially disallowed and Danny Rose was sent off for a foul in the penalty area. This decision was later overturned.

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: Raheem Sterling scored a goal that may have put the game beyond City, but it was wrongfully ruled offside.

Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City: Cheick Tiote’s long-range goal was ruled offside as Yoan Gouffran was judged to be interfering with play. Replays were inconclusive and it would have been an equalising goal.

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