LONDON: Manchester City calmly overpowered West Ham United 2-0 to secure their second Premier League title in three seasons in a party atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium last night.
Liverpool beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Anfield to finish two points behind the champions but goals by Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany sparked wild celebrations at City whose heavyweight squad came out on top at the end of a thrilling and fluctuating title race.
Nasri calmed City nerves with a fierce strike in the 39th minute and captain Kompany's neat finish four minutes after half-time put the hosts in cruise control, rounding off a superb debut season for manager Manuel Pellegrini.
"It's a very special time. My first year is not easy to get used to English football but I think I managed a great group of players," Pellegrini said after the trophy was presented on the pitch.
"It was a very special because we've never been at the top of the table but six games away I told my players we needed to change and they believed in me. They are a special group."
For Chilean Pellegrini, the first non-European manager to win the Premier League, it was a first league title since he won the Clausura with River Plate in Argentina in 2003 and a maiden success on this continent.
"I'm just so happy for the manager as well because it's his first title in Europe, it's amazing," Nasri added.