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EPL: Manchester United loss gifts premiership to crosstown rivals

EPL: Manchester United loss gifts premiership to crosstown rivals

Television cameras captured the moment the Belgian discovered he was a three-time champion but, after an initial burst of excitement, he was focusing on the potential for even more success. "The first time you win it, you think you're going to win all of them, the first time you lose you think you're never going to win it again so we want to hold on to this feeling".

City have allowed their opponents fewer shots than any other side has in 2017-18, and that applies across the board; however you want to break down the shot numbers, be it by total, distance or accuracy, Guardiola's side are top. "It's a hard achievement and I'm proud of the team and everyone involved".

"You can't take (winning the league) for granted, I've won three now but there's so many we've missed", he said. My team-mates will probably roll their eyes but I want to see how the reaction will be now. "The previous ones we almost threw it away, I've seen many teams win it as champions for the whole season but in our case it's the first time".

Kompany indicated he spoke with the same voice as Guardiola, who has now won 24 trophies in a ten-year coaching career.

"I think winning at Stamford Bridge gave us the confidence that we could do it".

Just two sides in the league have been able to beat City this season, and Guardiola now has his sights set on successfully defending the title.

"Last season against the other contenders was not so good, we won few games".

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They still have a seven-point buffer over Chelsea in the race for the Champions League and boss Mauricio Pochettino is content. They started to do it with such an emphatic win over Spurs, but can now take it further by eroding so many records.

City, who rebounded from the United loss and a European exit at the hands of Liverpool by beating Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, have 87 points with five games left. "We can not deny the last two months have been fantastic", Guardiola said. I thought we did the counter attacks really well, broke things up and created some chances.

Only time will tell how good this City team is, and whether they are the best we have ever seen in the Premier League, but one thing that can not be denied is that they are the best we have right now - and by some distance.

"The way we played helped us reach our target". I know how to win and I believe in myself.

In the space of 10 incredible days, they pipped Arsenal to the title by a single point, dispatched Newcastle in the FA Cup final and headed to the Camp Nou, where immortality awaited. "After what this club has done in the last ten years, in terms of creating facilities and making it bigger, it will happen".

"Football, bloody hell!" Alex Ferguson said with a bemused smile after United capped the most successful season in the club's illustrious history.

"They were the right ones and the ones we believed in". The England global has provided six Premier League assists, compared to two from Kolarov, Clichy and Zabaleta combined last campaign. "Very happy to call us champions this year!"