Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

EPL Title: Man City players begin celebrations

EPL Title: Man City players begin celebrations

Pep Guardiola claims to have known that Manchester City would be crowned Premier League champions since seeing them beat Chelsea in September.

"To make 18 games in a row winning you have to be mentally strong".

"We've won the league for you, Man City, Man City", West Brom's fans chanted after the final whistle. On the whole, they do.

Kompany's third title has been a breeze compared to the previous two.

Firstly, he fulfils that ball-playing requirement that Guardiola demands from his keepers.

City's possession average of 65.9 percent is way ahead of Arsenal, in second, with 58.9 percent.

"They were the right ones and the ones we believed in".

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Yet, even if City's season has already been a majestic success, what with a League Cup triumph and winning the Premier League with a record-equalling five matches to spare, a better measure will only come by the end of next season.

But he was rapt in conversation with Kyle Walker when leaving the field and in the midst of it began gesturing animatedly towards the area of the field the full back had just spent 45 minutes occupying.

"Because last season against other contenders we were not so good".

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Guardiola also praised his young players - with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scoring crucial goals - and he believes they will learn from their Champions League disappointment.

"You can't take (winning the league) for granted, I've won three now but there's so many we've missed", he said.

There were a few United half-chances before half-time, while a Dawson header back across goal from a corner was begging to be turned in by West Brom.

Five of the 16 errors City made occurred in their 4-3 defeat at Anfield. But it was the signings in areas City were falling short in, which have helped propel them from almost men into champions.

It's never enough to achieve anything; you always have to be matched against those who have gone before.

Wherever you look, City have broken records or stand on the verge of creating another. "One team was dominant in Germany and one had (Lionel) Messi, but we are nothing without the team".

But where do they rank among the Premier League's most celebrated sides? It contains sortable tables of data from every campaign since 2009-10. Having two natural playmakers in the same midfield has made City nearly impossible to stop in the same way Guardiola harnessed the brilliant best from Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in a glorious four-year spell at Barcelona from 2008 to 2012.

The Citizens have the edge on the shots and shots on target ratios, which are perhaps the best measures of dominance.

"I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against City".

Ederson during the warm up before the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium, London, Britain on April 14, 2018.

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