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May 12, 2014

Manchester City wins Premier League title

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MANCHESTER, England —

“It’s a great experience,” Pellegrini said. “It’s not easy to come to the Premier League — the most difficult league in the world.”

The league title looked out of reach for City just weeks ago after losing to Liverpool at Anfield. But Liverpool collapsed toward the end with a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace. That meant City needed only a draw at the Etihad to secure the title.

Nasri scored with a shot from outside the area in the 39th minute and Kompany added the second from close range shortly after the break, allowing fans to celebrate for much of the second half.

The challenge for City now is to retain the trophy for the first time, and replicate its electrifying play in the Premier League in the Champions League.

These title celebrations, though, could soon be tempered. European soccer’s governing body is on the verge of imposing sanctions on the club for overspending in violation of rules.

Still, Kompany understands the challenges that come with being a champion.

“We are building a club, not just a team,” he said. “The past is the past, but surely we have our place in the future. Next year we have to be even better. If we want to be a big club this has to be one of many.”

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