Pep Guardiola claims to have known that Manchester City would be crowned Premier League champions since seeing they beat Chelsea in September.
Then it was the turn of Roberto Mancini who created history in dramatic fashion after “noisy neighbours” Man City bagged their first piece of Premier League silverware at the expense of Fergie’s United.
On Saturday, City had convincingly beaten Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 and manager Pep Guardiola said he was going to play golf with his son rather than watch United play West Brom. He and Mourinho are old rivals from their time in Spain when the United boss managed Real Madrid.
25 – The amount of goals City conceded in winning the title. I know how to win. What we all have to do now is to work hard and believe in our ability to keep succeeding. Six years later, the finale was much more underwhelming, with Rodriguez nodding in from a corner to silence the majority of Old Trafford and set up one of the most surprising wins of the season. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week.
“You go through all of City’s team and he has improved every player”.
This season’s Premier League crown represents a third in City colours for Aguero, having sealed the title on the final day of the 2011-12 and 2013-14 campaigns against Queens Park Rangers and West Ham respectively. “Premier League Champions 17/18”, City posted on their official Twitter account. But a frantic pre-season transfer window turbo-charged the team and City out-passed and out-scored everyone else. Because last season against other contenders we were not so good. Finding the back of the net has been a problem for him in the past and it is understood Guardiola told him he should be a 20-goal-a-season player. It is one title.
Manchester City’s journey to the Premier League title was just as enjoyable as the end result, according to midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
Few – including Guardiola – expected it to happen on Sunday. But maybe it will be a lesson for the future for them and next season. Liverpool perhaps laid the blueprint in the Champions League quarterfinal victory over City this month, pressing high and hitting on the transition.
Guardiola, who failed to land a trophy in his first season in charge at The Etihad, opened his account by winning the League Cup in February against Arsenal.
City’s 18-game winning run from August to December was the longest ever in the English top flight, pre-dating even the Premier League era.