Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

The things we talk about when we talk about Manchester City

The things we talk about when we talk about Manchester City

United had denied City the chance to wrap up the title last weekend when they came from two goals down to beat their bitter rivals 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

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.

Vincent Kompany barely let Manchester City's Premier League title celebrations begin before setting his side the challenge of making it two in a row next season.

City's brand of breathless possession football took the Premier League by storm - a fine rebuke for critics who questioned Guardiola after a first trophyless season in England.

There were wins for Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town in their bids to avoid relegation, while Burnley continued their charge to a Europa League place with victory over Leicester City.

The Red Devils were the only team in striking distance of the Sky Blues in the Premier League standings, before losing 1-0 Sunday at Old Trafford.

He also conceded it was sweet to triumph in a country where some critics claimed his purist principles couldn't flourish.

In any case, Guardiola clearly believes his side will need to wait a few days before sealing the deal - he has said he will be playing golf with his son on Sunday afternoon rather than watching United's game.

Mourinho acknowledged that "City were the best team" in the Premier League, telling the BBC: "Sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league". It is a title that has been well deserved after the blues opened up a commanding lead before Christmas and, despite two league defeats, never looked like surrendering the title.

'The players didn't want to play simple.

"It hurts [for Manchester City to win the title]".

"I'll tell you what I told him after the match".

He added: "You can win the Champions League in seven games, the league is 10 months". I thought we did the counter attacks really well, broke things up and created some chances. The Baggies can acquire a maximum of 36 points with four games left in the campaign, but their fixture list is the toughest of the lot with matches against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United - all of whom are in good vein of form.

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