Erling Haaland points out message Man City have had written on boot room wall all season

Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne with the Premier League trophy (Image: Getty)

Manchester City have made English football history after they captured their fourth Premier League title in a row at the expense of Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s team have done what no other team has managed, a feat not even Sir Alex Ferguson at the height of his dominance with Manchester United could pull off. City cemented their 10th top-flight title with a 3-1 win over West Ham at the Etihad yesterday (Sunday, May 19th) and with it sealed their sixth title in seven seasons since Guardiola took over the Blues in 2016.

City were never really in danger of losing the title to nearest rivals Arsenal despite the Gunners also beating Everton 2-1 at the Emirates. It was largely a jeopardy-free afternoon for City despite a spectacular overhead kick from Hammers’ star Mohammed Kudus unsettling some nerves to make it 2-1 just before half-time. But for champions who have made a habit out of sweeping up wins and titles without much drama at all, it turned out to be just another day at the office, with Rodri restoring their two-goal advantage and wrapping up the victory in the second half.

City went a remarkable 23 games unbeaten to clinch the title with not a domestic defeat on their record since a loss to Aston Villa in the first week of December last year. Phil Foden was the star once again scoring the first two goals to take him to 19 in the league and 27 in all competitions, however it’s another City star who has revealed what drove on the Blues this season.

In a video, posted to Manchester City’s Instagram following their title success, Erling Haaland is seen sitting in the City boot room and asks “Have you seen what’s standing behind me?”. Written in bold letters on the wall behind City’s number 9 is an inspirational and daring message that reads: ‘No team has ever won four consecutive titles in a row… yet’.

The video shows players such as Haaland and Kyle Walker throughout the title season urging each other on and warning teammates not to get complacent. One moment even shows Haaland warning players not to celebrate after City beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Etihad in their penultimate Premier League fixture.

The game was by and large looked upon as Arsenal’s last hope to claim the title but after a tense affair, City took the three points thanks to two goals from their Norwegian marksman. The video also shows City chief Pep Guardiola reminding his players about the sheer size of the task of winning four Premier League titles on the spin.

Beginning at the start of the season, City’s Spanish boss is seen asking his players “give me one reason why we should not do it again?” in reference to City’s quest for a fourth title.

Ultimately, the boot room message looks to have worked wonders with the Blues winning 28 games this season and, despite some moments of mild peril throughout which saw Guardiola’s team lose three games and draw seven, the final standings had City two points ahead of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and nine points ahead of Liverpool in third.