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Manchester City win Premier League title SilverHub
Cary Erickson | 17 April, 2018, 10:34

He added: "You can win the Champions League in seven games, the league is 10 months".

The anti-climax of the denouement, though - the polar opposite to the circumstances in 2012 when the club won their first Premier League title after Sergio Aguero scored with the last kick of the season - should not disguise the scale of City's achievement.

The Spaniard forward missed three games during the festive December period in order to be with his family in Valencia during Mateo's struggle for survival.

"After what happened this week, to come here and play Tottenham in London, one of the best teams with one of the best managers and play the way we did...after 15 minutes, I said we will be champions", Guardiola said. He dislikes media conferences as it is, but being continually asked about his City future - which will no doubt be the case until he makes his mind up - will hardly make them more appealing.

Unlike Belgian defender Kompany, Guardiola spent Sunday afternoon playing golf with his son instead of watching the United match.

Amongst the celebrations coming from the blue side of Manchester - including a truly tragic celebration video - David Silva took to Instagram to highlight how hard this past year has been for him, but how this is his favourite title win with his side.

Indeed, just a glance around the bar area suggests this is more of a United pub than a City one - there is a signed Red Devils shirt from the 1996-97 season framed on the wall, alongside paintings of Old Trafford.

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Champions City have set their sights on rewriting the record books after clinching the Premier League title. While it may be a long shot, Kevin De Bruyne is five adrift at this stage.

West Brom had lost eight of their previous nine games and last won on January 13.

"The moment he can (improve) his average chances to score a goal, he will become one of the best players in the world", Guardiola said after the Saturday evening kick-off. "Against the last champions, that gave us the belief that we were able to go there and play the way we played".

City are well on course to break the record for most points and goals, earning comparisons with the greatest ever teams in the Premier League era.

City's title is the 24th trophy of his glittering career.

"I think we share one thing - he's been able to transfer to the team that hunger and desire to never be satisfied".

But they were back to their irresistible best against Spurs as Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan put them 2-0 up early on, with Sterling sealing the win after Christian Eriksen had given the hosts hope. "These guys are fantastic, awesome, they are incredible", he said.