Monday's soccer news starts with Manchester City doing as expected and winning yet another Premier League game to take the title. City put together a 14-game winning streak to make Liverpool's unlikely title challenge impossible. Losing three out of seven games in December was the only time City looked vulnerable. A final day slip at Brighton never seemed like the end to their 2018-19 Premier League story.
"To win the title we’ve won 14 games in a row, in three months where we couldn’t lose one point, and we did while playing all competitions to the end, it’s incredible to do that," Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said. "After the gap went to seven points we thought ‘OK we have to be calm, the Premier League is long’ - but honestly, seven points with this Liverpool playing the way they have this season, of course we talk about going game by game, but it was really difficult. I think it’s not just my feeling, it’s the feeling of the team and the Club, the players and the staff, this is the toughest Premier League title win that we have won, in my career by far."
Liverpool finished a point behind Manchester City's 98 with a +67 goal difference to City's +72. Liverpool's only loss of the season came at Manchester City on January 3. Liverpool drew seven games with City only drawing twice this season.
"Our season was good as well, a really good season, an unbelievable season," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. "I can read all the stats, I can read all the numbers, it’s just really exceptional. The nice thing is if you would get an award for the biggest development jump I can remember, the boys would get that because it was completely different. We used the base from last year but made a big step, unbelievable, and there’s still a bit to come. It doesn’t feel like this in the moment, it’s not a moment for already telling people what they can think; everybody knows we will go again, 100 per cent. But in this moment, if you really want something you feel the disappointment as well. That’s of course what we feel in the moment."
Of course, it's Liverpool and Spurs still in position to make the biggest Premier League statement in 2018-19. One of them will win the Champions League and take away from City's attempt at a domestic treble. There's no pretending that domestic league soccer counts more than the Champions League and any team would trade one trophy for the other.
Moving to the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, the USMNT advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 shutout of Panama. Gianluca Busio opened the scoring in the 54th minute with Giovanni Reyna converting a penalty in the 60th. Ricardo Pepi finished off the USMNT goals in the 75th. Damian Las kept the clean sheet without making a save. The USMNT plays Canada on Tuesday (6:30pm ET - Univision Deportes).
The NY Times' Rory Smith looks at Liverpool's almost run this season. Reuters' Simon Evans tries to identify what has pushed the Premier League to the top of the European competitions this season. The Independent's Jonathan Liew on the push to revamp the Champions League. Inside World Soccer's Paul Nicholson has the revenue for La Liga last season.
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