Sheikh Mansour’s statement on Man City’s league win should worry Liverpool and their rivals – Joe Bray

As Manchester City celebrated on the Etihad ground after another dramatic Premier League title win on the final day, their owners watched from afar.

Sheikh Mansour is rarely seen in Manchester, instead leaving chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak as the public face of ownership, with an effective group of managers including Ferran Soriano, Txiki Begiristain and Omar Berrada working alongside him to run the club. These directors once again seized the opportunity to pose with the Premier League trophy, and it’s clear that Sheikh Mansour was equally thrilled with his latest triumph.

Taking to Twitter, on an account mainly used for diplomatic updates in his role as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mansour described City as a “distinguished” team after their last trophy under his ownership.

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“We congratulate the Manchester City team on winning the English Premier League title,” the tweet read. “We congratulate the entire team in charge, the players and the fans in Britain and around the world. A well-deserved crown for a distinguished team.”

It’s rare for the owner to comment on City, with his tweets about the Blues usually reserved for occasions like this – a title or a trophy. The content of this last message is hardly surprising, with general congratulations and nothing too surprising in the 37-word message.

When the chairman delivers his annual end-of-season interview, it will more likely offer a better insight into the owner’s thoughts on a season that achieved the primary goal of winning the title, but arguably fell short in every cup.

If fans were looking to read Mansour’s words, however, they might focus on his reference to fans around the world and the description of City as ‘distinguished’. The mission to make City, and the City Football Group, a global force remains strong, and the ambition to make the football team one of the best in the world is also crystal clear.

The addition of Erling Haaland underscores that aim, with the owner’s rare public comment another reminder that City will not stop their hunt to become an elite and distinguished club.

Mansour has now seen City win 14 major trophies in his 14 years in charge, including six league titles with a 2.6 Premier League average – an average that improved by claiming 10th place in 2009 after the takeover of the penultimate day of the summer transfer window.

Add to that, City have won three Community Shields and qualified for the Champions League for 12 consecutive years. Of these, they have been in the Round of 16 for the past nine seasons, with six quarter-final or better appearances, including five in a row.

As well as the owner’s statement, key players said they want to stay at the club, an admission from Soriano that City want Pep Guardiola to stay next summer, and another comment (from Sorriano) that they hope Haaland will keep him. will do. stay for a long time.

If rivals hoped City would stop their march to four trophies a year, they would be disappointed.