Manchester City's Belgian captain Vincent Kompany hoists the English Premier League trophy after beating West Ham United on the title-deciding final day at the Etihad Stadium yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Goals from Samir Nasri and skipper Vincent Kompany saw Manchester City to a 2-0 win over West Ham as they claimed their second Premier League title in three seasons.
Sunday's final day of the league season victory at City's Eastlands ground crowned a triumphant first English campaign in charge for Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean manager celebrating his first domestic championship in Europe.
Winners of the League Cup earlier in the year, City added the championship in fairly routine fashion.
While City's main challengers Liverpool faltered in the past two weeks -- notably in losing at home to Chelsea and squandering a three-goal lead to draw at Crystal Palace -- the unflappable Pellegrini ensured his club kept their composure, culminating in Sunday's victory over Sam Allardyce's Hammers.
By the time Nasri shot City into a 40th minute lead, the pressure around Eastlands had already been lifted considerably with the surprise news from Anfield that Liverpool had fallen behind to Newcastle.
That left Pellegrini's team in the position of potentially being able to lose to West Ham and still regain the title they won so memorably on the final day of the season in 2012.
Nonetheless, defeat seemed highly unlikely with City enjoying 75 percent of the possession prior to the opening goal.
Cardiff 1 (Bellamy 15) Chelsea 2 (Schurrle 72, Torres 75)
Fulham 2 (Woodrow 61, David 90+4) Crystal Palace 2 (Gayle 28, 84)
Hull 0 Everton 2 (McCarthy 9, Lukaku 46)
Liverpool 2 (Agger 63, Sturridge 65) Newcastle 1 (Skrtel 20-og)
Manchester City 2 (Nasri 39, Kompany 49) West Ham 0
Norwich 0 Arsenal 2 (Ramsey 53, Jenkinson 62)
Southampton 1 (Lambert 28) Manchester United 1 (Mata 54)
Sunderland 1 (Borini 50) Swansea 3 (Dyer 7, Emnes 14, Bony 54)
Tottenham 3 (Paulinho 14, Baker 35-og, Adebayor 38-pen) Aston Villa 0
West Brom 1 (Sessegnon 56) Stoke 2 (McAuley 22-og, Adam 87)