Manchester City lifted the Premier League trophy amid jubilant scenes despite Huddersfield gaining a vital point in their battle to avoid relegation with a goalless draw at Etihad Stadium.
Walking out to a guard of honour as thousands of blue and white flags fluttered in the stands, Pep Guardiola’s side had been expected to collect a routine three points, as the champions faced the 16th-placed Terriers with celebration the tone of the day.
But City could not produce the style of football fans have become so accustomed to this season, with Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus going closest in a game of few clear-cut chances.
And while Huddersfield players will have watched the trophy presentation knowing their place in the top flight is not yet secure, they produced a resolute performance worthy of a Premier League future.
As the final whistle sounded, City fans proved they cared little for the result on the day as they spilled on to the pitch on a special occasion for east Manchester, delaying the trophy presentation.
It was not quite a perfect performance for City on the podium either as the trophy was knocked off the plinth while players jumped on Yaya Toure, the veteran Ivory Coast midfielder who will depart the club at the end of the season.
But no harm was done as captain Vincent Kompany lifted the silverware aloft – his third Premier League title as a Man City player.