The Premier League trophy remained in Manchester on Sunday evening, but it was the blue end celebrating after a closely fought contest saw local side City claim the title by the narrowest of margins.
A solitary point separated Pep Guardiola’s side from Jurgen Klopp’s resurgent Liverpool, with a 3-2 win against Aston Villa handing them their second consecutive title – Guardiola’s fourth in six seasons.
Emerging in Manchester’s Spinningfields on Sunday evening, the relief was evident as England stars Jack Grealish and Phil Foden joined Algerian ace Riyad Mahrez and their jubilant teammates at The Ivy Brasserie, where they partied until 3am.
Joining the party, Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley was also present with sombre looking footballer husband Phil, whose Burnley side has been relegated after six seasons in the top flight.
Here we go: jack Grealish led the way as Manchester City celebrated their Premier L:eague victory at The Ivy Brasserie in Manchester on Sunday evening
It was new territory for Grealish, who was celebrating his first Premier League win since joining Manchester City from boyhood club Villa for a record £100million last summer.
The talented midfielder looked relaxed in a denim jacket, white T-shirt and black skinny jeans as he made his way inside the popular venue with his teammates.
His celebratory drinks had long since started before he even got to the Ivy as he posted a photo of him sipping a lager in the City dressing room with the caption: ‘Ooffft the first of many.’
Familiar faces: Joining the party, Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley was also present with sombre looking footballer husband Phil, whose Burnley side has been relegated
Looking good: Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya caught the eye in a fitted black dress
Beer we go: England ace Phil Foden (L) and Algerian star Riyad Mahrez (R) were also in attendance at the celebratory bash
Success: Grealish was celebrating his first Premier League win since joining Manchester City from boyhood club Villa for a record £100million last summer
Elsewhere City and England teammate Foden – who was celebrating his fourth Premier League title – followed a similar casual dress code by opting for a loose fitting hooded top and cargo pants.
Mahrez looked equally relaxed in a white shirt, unbuttoned to the chest, and black trousers as he greeted onlookers outside The Ivy.
Others in attendance included defender John Stones, goalkeeper Edersen, midfielder İlkay Gündoğan and club manager Guardiola – who posed for selfies before making his way inside.
Night out: Foden – who was celebrating his fourth Premier League title – opted for a loose fitting hooded top and cargo pants
Low key: Mahrez looked equally relaxed in a white shirt, unbuttoned to the chest, and black trousers as he greeted onlookers outside The Ivy
In good company: Grealish was joined by a bodyguard as he made his way into The Ivy on Sunday evening
Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon Grealish admitted he ‘cried’ because winning the Premier League meant that much to him.
He said: ‘It’s unbelievable. After the third goal went in, I ran on the pitch because we were all celebrating and after that I just went straight down the tunnel, I was crying my eyes out.
‘When you’re a kid all you want to do is play in the Premier League and once you do that the next thing is winning it. I can’t put this into words, honestly.
Emotional: Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon Grealish admitted he ‘cried’ because winning the Premier League meant that much to him
Say cheese: Defender Nathan Ake posed for a photo with a group of female fans
Night out: Goalkeeper Ederson (L) and defender John Stones(R) were among those celebrating at the Manchester venue
Main man: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola attracted attention as he made his way inside The Ivy
Hand in hand: Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was joined by his stunning wife Michèle Lacroix
‘We know how good of a side Aston Villa were, they showed it today but we know with our quality we can beat anyone. We did that in the last 20 minutes or so, I can’t put it into words.
‘It means everything – when I signed here people were saying to me “what do you actually want – to win the Champions League or the Premier League?” and for me it was always the Premier League. I’ve never won it before and I’m so happy.’
Pep Guardiola branded his Manchester City stars “legends” for securing a fourth Premier League title in five years following a breathless end to the season against Aston Villa.
Don’t mind me: Bernardo Silva and his girlfriend Ines Tomaz were photobombed by midfielder İlkay Gündoğan
Stepping out: Gündoğan was accompanied by wife Sıla Şahin on Sunday evening
A decade on from Sergio Aguero sealing the crown in a jaw-dropping 3-2 final day win, a rocking Etihad Stadium witnessed similar drama just as the title appeared to be slipping from their grasp.
Matty Cash and former Liverpool favourite Philippe Coutinho scored against stunned City, who knew the crown would head to Anfield if Jurgen Klopp’s Reds eventually found a way to beat well-drilled Wolves.
Liverpool ended up 3-1 victors but City by that point had launched a five-minute turnaround rendering that immaterial, with substitute Gündoğan scoring either side of Rodri’s strike in another unforgettable 3-2 victory.
Teammates: French defender Aymeric Laporte joined Mahrez at the celebratory bash
Upbeat: Grealish had plenty to smile about after ending his debut season at City with a Premier League winner’s medal
Picture perfect: Gündoğan paused to oblige one fan with a selfie after helping City to their latest title
Good times: Mahrez posed for a selfie along with kitman Brandon Ashton as the City stars partied until 3am
‘In the last five years winning four Premier Leagues, these guys are legends already,’ a beaming Guardiola said after his side maintained their one-point advantage over Liverpool.
‘I’m sorry, people have to admit it. This group of players are absolutely eternal in this club because what we achieve is so difficult to do.
‘Just Sir Alex Ferguson with United has done it years ago two or three times, now I realised again the magnitude of Sir Alex Ferguson and his United.’
Triumph: Grealish leaps from the bench at the final whistle after City’s title success was confirmed
All mine: The midfielder looked delighted after getting his hands on the Premier League trophy
Cheers! Grealish posed with a bottle of beer to start his title celebrations with Manchester City (L) before sharing a photo with kitman Brandon Ashton at the Ivy restaurant later in the night (R)
Four times lucky: Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones reference their Premier League title wins under Pep Guardiola