Hundreds of supporters of champions-elect Manchester City crowded around the Etihad ahead of their Premier League title clincher on Saturday – but there was to be no party as Chelsea rained on their parade.
The Blues came from behind to seal a last-gasp 2-1 win against Pep Guardiola’s men, leaving City fans disappointed having turned up in their droves to celebrate what they hoped would be a title triumph.
But Marcos Alonso popped up with a late winner to put and end to and hopes of that, meaning City will have to wait another week to confirm themselveds as Premier League champions.
Manchester City fans turned up in their droves ahead of their huge match against Chelsea
Pep Guardiola’s side could have secured the Premier League title if they had beaten the Blues
But the Sky Blues were stunned by Chelsea as Marcos Alonso netted a late winner at the Etihad
No fans are allowed inside the ground due to current coronavirus restrictions, but if City seal the Premier League title with victory against Chelsea there will likely be huge celebrations of the streets of Manchester.
Several hundred fans gathered outside the stadium, chanting joyfully and setting off blue flares as Guardiola’s side were welcomed in to encourage their side and provide an intimidating atmosphere for the visiting Blues.
The domestic title has not been in question after recent performances, but fans will be anxious to see the team have mathematically and officially secured the crown after a rampant Liverpool cruised to the title last season.
Pep Guardiola will have to wait longer to lift the title after suffering another loss to Chelsea
City supporters had set off flares and chanted songs as the team buses arrived at the ground
There was a police presence as fans gathered but the mood turned from joyful 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 of a historic quadruple.
But Guardiola was beaten by his opposite number Tuchel in yet another big game with the German gaining a much-needed psychological advantage ahead of the European showpiece.
Chelsea have now gone third in the Premier League table after their stunning win against the odds – leapfrogging Leicester City, who drop to fourth. West Ham United are now just five points behind the Foxes with a game in hand.