A tearful Oleksandr Zinchenko drapes the Premier League trophy in the Ukrainian flag after Man City triumph

Full-back Zinchenko didn’t start City’s eventful clash with Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium but proved hugely influential after replacing outgoing captain Fernandinho at half-time.

The hosts trailed 2-0 with less than 15 minutes remaining on Sunday after goals from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho, only to stage an incredible comeback as a quick brace from Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri turned the game around in the blink of an eye of eye. an eye.

A memorable 3-2 win saw City beat Liverpool in a quadruple to claim their fourth title in five seasons by a single point, as the Reds’ 3-1 fightback against Wolves at Anfield ultimately proved futile.

During the post-match celebrations at the Etihad, Zinchenko could be seen in floods of tears as he wrapped the Premier League trophy in the flag of Ukraine and reflected further on the horrific fate of his compatriots amid the ongoing invasion by Russia.

Oleksandr Zinchenko wraps Premier League trophy in Ukrainian flag after Manchester City clinch title

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“I’m so proud to be Ukrainian and I would like to bring this title to all Ukrainians one day because they deserve it,” he said in a moving interview with Sky Sports.

“At one point, especially at the beginning, I didn’t even think about football too much because it’s impossible to live with what’s happening in my country at the same time.

“But with all the support I’ve had in the past and during this period, we did it, what can I say?

“(The support) means everything to me, honestly. I want to die for all this support because what people have given me, what they have done for me during this time – the hardest time of my life – is so appreciated and I will never forget it, never of my life.


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