Thousands of Manchester City fans took to the streets to celebrate their team’s fourth Premier League title in five years.
It was the first time since the COVID pandemic that fans were allowed to play with their heroes.
Players and staff boarded an open-top bus at a parade in Manchester as they held the trophy high.
Confetti rained down, and along the route from Exchange Square, to St. Mary’s Gate, and then south of Dinsgate, blue torches of smoke were lit before completing a live stage show at Bitham Tower.
The city just managed to hold back the challenge with Liverpool on the last day of the season on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s team lost 2-0 at home to Aston Villa 14 minutes before the end before scoring three goals in a dramatic five-minute reversal and winning the match 3-2.
The city took the title with a single point advantage over the Reds, who beat the Wolves 3-1.
On Monday, Guardiola, who became the most successful foreign manager in English football with his fourth league champion, lit a cigar and looked rejuvenated after a tense race for the major leagues.
He said: “Everyone knows it was an incredible achievement. It’s the hardest league and we’ve won four since we’ve been here. I see happiness on people’s faces.”
“I’m the best dancer in my staff, we’ll do it tonight. We saw the reaction when Ilkay Gundogan scored the winning goal.”
Midfielder Kevin De Brain said: “It’s amazing to do it for the fourth time. We couldn’t do it last year because of COVID, but it’s amazing to see so many people celebrating with us.
“The players pushed me to the end. I’ve been here seven years and I love them. I have three more years and I’m definitely staying here, I want to be here and win more trophies.”
The Belgian star was named the best player of the season in the Premier League, receiving the award for the second time after scoring 15 goals and giving up eight assists, including one to Gundagan.
Gundogan said, “Honestly, I didn’t feel so bad (killing the win), I got it on a plate from Kevin. Everything else was pure joy. Not a bad week, I can’t complain.”
Philip Maxwell of Knowsley has been charged with throwing a rocket (pyrotechnic) into the field and will appear in the Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on June 23.
Paul Colbridge of Salford has been charged with entering the field and will appear before the Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 7 June.
Both were released in court.
Separately, police said an investigation into the report of an attack on a player on the field after the final whistle is ongoing with officers working in partnership with both football clubs.
Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was reportedly attacked when thousands of City fans stormed the field to celebrate the Premier League victory, prompting an apology from City.