INSIDE MAN CITY LOCKER ROOM TITLE PARTY: Jack Grealish and Julian Alvarez lead delirious players in singing ‘We Are the Champions’ while Rodri celebrates with beer and Bernardo Silva feasts on pizza
Manchester City’s title-winning side took their pitchside celebrations to the dressing room after lifting the Premier League trophy for the third year in a row on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola secured the title for his side with three games in hand and ample preparation time for his side to restart ahead of their FA Cup and Champions League post-season campaigns.
But before the team refocuses on their quest for an historic Treble, there was time for the players to get swept up in their achievement and begin what could be a summer of celebrations.
Long after the final whistle, the team assembled in the Etihad changing rooms, where Jack Grealish and Julian Alvarez led their raving teammates through a rendition of ‘We Are the Champions’, the Queen original blaring from the loudspeakers.
In footage from Sky Sports, the players were seen swapping their shirts for special editions of their first kit emblazoned not with their names but ‘Champions – 23’ to commemorate the season’s achievements.
Manchester City lifted a historic third successive Premier League trophy on Sunday.
The players frolicked on the pitch after hoisting the trophy high, before celebrating in their dressing room in the bowels of the Etihad
Jack Grealish and Julian Alvarez (center left and left) lead a chorus of ‘We Are the Champions’
Rodri enjoyed a celebratory beer after the final whistle as the players began to relax
By contrast, Phil Foden waved a bottle of drink after the performance over his head in triumph.
They were joined in their festivities by kitman Brandon Ashton, who memorably celebrated City winning their domestic treble in 2019 by stripping down to his underwear and throwing himself into a laundry basket.
Rodri opened a beer that he held up as he was dragged toward the happy gang in the center of the dressing room.
Although he is now 18 years old, academy star Rico Lewis sipped on a sports drink as he watched the party unfold around him.
Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias had pizza, but that didn’t stop the Portugal international from being drawn into the crowd by Erling Haaland and Phil Foden.
The players were clearly delighted with their achievements, hugging and swaying to the music, but their celebrations received heavy criticism from art expert Micah Richards.
The former Man City player reflected that the chant was ‘awful’ as the cameras left the players to their revelry.
Like strangled cats! joked Richards.
After the final whistle in their 1-0 win over Chelsea, Kyle Walker had hinted at the celebrations to come.
Kyle Walker said that while there would be some celebrations, the focus would shift to June.
Erling Haaland enjoyed a shot of Man City-branded champagne on the pitch with his medal
The Etihad’s pitch was littered with bottles after the final whistle, though most might have been thrown by overzealous fans.
“We’ll have a few glasses of champagne,” the defender admitted. “But then we move on to June,” adding that he insisted the team’s definition of success involved winning its first Champions League trophy and claiming the second treble in English football.
“We have two massive finals,” he continued. “To say we’re up there with the greatest Premier League teams of all time, we’ve got to go and conquer some of that.” We’ve been called the Fourmidables and the Centurions, but to go and achieve this, we can really seal our mark of being one of the greatest teams of all time in the Premier League.”
Walker and his teammates were unable to celebrate on the pitch immediately after referee Michael Oliver stopped the tie with their west London opponents after fans rushed from the stands and invaded the pitch.
Players from both sides were quickly escorted out and down the tunnel by security in the moments after the final whistle as fans flooded the pitch.