Newspaper Headline: Guardiola: City sit in a league of their own

a league of their ownIn this football language post we explain a newspaper headline from the Guardian on March 2nd 2020 and reports on the League Cup (Carabao Cup) win for Manchester City over Aston Villa at Wembley. Don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

Newspaper Headline – Guardiola: City sit in a league of their own

Manchester City defeated Aston Villa on Sunday to claim the 2020 Carabao Cup which was their third success in a row and their seventh in total. It may be the least important of the English trophies but City’s dominance in this competition is still impressive and demonstrates a strong winning mentality as well as a depth of squad and this is referred to in the headline from the Guardian (March 2nd 2020). The phrase ‘a league of their own‘ means that they are the best in their field; that there is no one better and so in this competition – the League Cup – City are in a league of their own. In fact, in the sub-heading the boss of Manchester City Guardiola suggests that his team’s record may not be bettered – to be bettered means that no one will improve or surpass this record. So, for example, ‘no one will better her record’ means that the record is so good that there is a chance that nobody will ever be able to break this record.

One other interesting thing from this headline is the use of the colon (:) after the name of the Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and this is common in newspaper headlines to show that someone has said something or to expand on some information and here (Guardiola: City sit in a league of their own) it means that Manchester City manager Guardiola suggests or claims that his side are the best in this competition. They sit in a league of their own.

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