Pep Guardiola lauds Manchester City after sealing Premier League title

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

"I knew that sooner or later they would be (champions) and if I was in their position I would be very upset if someone said they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Brom".

United were way off the pace that saw them overturn a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 with a superb second-half display at the Etihad Stadium a week ago.

It was down to the phenomenal 93 strikes to have hit the net this season, more than any team has managed in a complete campaign since Manuel Pellegrini managed the club to a tally of 102 in 2014, when they also won the league.

"We did it in the way we wanted to do", Guardiola said at Wembley on Saturday. It will be more complicated but for the club, the players, all the departments in the club, the people can believe we are good: Manchester City is a good club.

Their dominance of the league, with 28 wins and just two defeats bear that out, but the circumstances in which they have been handed the title were surprising.

Clean sheets are firmly on the order as an improvement of four on their goal difference would see record number four tumble spectacularly.

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Manchester City have enjoyed a magnificent record-breaking season and the confirmation of them being crowned as Premier League champions came as no surprise to anyone.

"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", Mourinho told Sky Sports. The situation meant the club's retail team would have been confident in manufacturing and preparing league champions-branded clothing and memorabilia before the title was confirmed.

City now boast an away points total of 44 following their 14 wins, two draws and one defeat - the famous 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January.

But that should improve with Guardiola, who has a glowing track record of winning, especially league titles. "The Premier League is the constant - every day, every day, every day - and we were there every day". But in the seven years that have followed, City have won the EPL twice - no more a Blue Moon, you will agree. Of course it's not going to happen next season the same - it's impossible.

Henry, who played under Guardiola in a successful stint at Barcelona, gave his verdict on the key areas of the manager's thinking this season...

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