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Gift-wrapped: City crowned champions

Gift-wrapped: City crowned champions”

Pep Guardiola made it league titles in three different countries after his Manchester City side wrapped up the Premier League title. "The levels that Pep Guardiola has taken City to this season, I can't see any of the other sides competing with them in the next five years if they continue playing at this level".

City were crowned champions thanks to the result, having missed out on the title the previous week when the Red Devils prevailed at the Etihad Stadium.

United had just achieved what many deemed impossible, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup treble. The question in their remaining five games is whether they can break the 100-goal barrier - they now have 93 - and claim 13 points to become the first club in Premier League history to reach 100 in a season.

"I had a feeling when I woke up this morning", Kompany said.

Goalkeeper Ederson Moraes was watching former club Benfica play Porto in the Portuguese league.

The Spaniard won three La Liga titles on the bounce with Barcelona between 2009 and 2012. "Very happy to call us champions this year". We will see. Football is unpredictable but normally United will beat West Brom.

An 18-match winning run from late-August to late-December laid the platform for the runaway title victory, and it was only a matter of when it would be clinched.

For weeks it has been a case of when, rather than if, City win the title and it is nearly certain to happen within the next week. 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. West Brom are a good team and don't deserve to be that low in the league.

United manager Jose Mourinho had long given up hopes of winning the title, instead focusing on finishing second.

The 2016-17 Blues vintage only failed to take three points on nine occasions, but it appears something of a formality that Guardiola's men will break the record as their remaining games are against Swansea City, West Ham, Huddersfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton. "The only score I want to know is bogey or birdy", Guardiola said. They've been by far the best team in the league. They were the right ones and the ones we believed in, I'm sure there are differences to how we play today compared to Bayern (Munich) and Barcelona, we survive and live by the strength of the team. Failing that, Mourinho's side would have to avoid defeat at Bournemouth on Wednesday to make City need to win at home to Swansea next Sunday to confirm the title.



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