Manchester City players and fans celebrate step one of the treble

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Manchester City celebrated with their fans after being crowned Premier League champions for a fifth time in six seasons.

City were presented with the trophy for a third season in succession after comfortably beating Chelsea 1-0 in their final home match of the campaign at a sun-drenched Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Their latest triumph could be the first leg of a treble with City still having the FA Cup and Champions League finals – in which they will face Manchester United and Inter Milan respectively – to come next month.

Thousands of fans waited outside the stadium entrance to welcome the team prior to the game. Blue flares were set off and there were chants of ‘champions’ as the players stepped off the bus.

The celebrations continued throughout the game and for long after the final whistle.

The trophy presentation had to be delayed after thousands of fans poured on to the pitch following the conclusion of the game, which a much-changed City side won courtesy of an early Julian Alvarez strike.

Ilkay Gundogan lifts the Premier League trophy
Ilkay Gundogan lifts the Premier League trophy (Martin Rickett/PA)

Before kick-off, Chelsea formed a guard of honour to welcome City to the field.

The ‘Poznan’ fan dance was seen on a number of occasions during the game as fans made the most of the occasion.

The players, who were joined by their families, seemed to enjoy themselves both on the field and, as pictures showed, back in the dressing room afterwards.

Erling Haaland (left) and his dad Alf-Inge Haaland
Erling Haaland (left) and his dad Alf-Inge Haaland (Martin Rickett/PA)

Yet, as full-back Kyle Walker said, with two big matches still to come, celebrations would remain modest.

“We’re not finished, we’ve got the FA Cup against our bitter rivals and the Champions League final on June 10,” Walker told Sky Sports.

“We will enjoy it today, we will have a few glasses of champagne but then we move on to June, which is the big one and hopefully we can create history with this great club.”

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