Man City crowned champions after United defeat

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinhosaid: "I think we were deservedly punished".

Pep Guardiola believes that Manchester City will grow in stature after he secured his first Premier League title with the club.

It is the team's first league title since 2014.

"And the fact they won the Premier League at a canter playing the sort of football they have, nearly reinventing the game - nobody has come close to winning the Premier League with 65-66 per cent possession - that is a lot of credit in the bank. City were the best team, sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league", Mourinho said.

"I think Manchester City agreed to it but other top teams, United and Chelsea I think, they didn't want it".

City were labouring towards a second consecutive draw when Raheem Sterling's deflected strike dolloped past Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to seal a 2-1 win in a breathless finale at the Vitality Stadium in August. Some pundits are already ranking City - who at one stage this season won a record 18 successive league games - alongside Manchester United's 1999 treble winners and the 2003-04 Arsenal "Invincibles".

However, they now enjoy a 6-point cushion over Southampton thanks to a thrilling 3-2 win over Brighton at Selhurst Park with Wilfried Zaha scoring twice. That gave us [confidence], against the last champions we are able to go there and played the way we played.

In a mini-league with four of the best the division historically has to offer, it's time to take a look at how the 2017/18 champions, who are on course to break numerous records, would fare home and away. Silva is probably the finest playmaker ever to grace the Premier League and Guardiola's City would have no chance of looking so picture flawless without him. We concede goals, but the most important details is not the goals you concede but the chances you concede and every game was few, despite playing so offensively. We handled pressure all season. Real Madrid, many years ago, lose six games in a row and didn't win the league.

Gabriel Jesus had put City ahead in the 22nd minute, racing onto Vincent Kompany's long ball and sliding a low shot past Hugo Lloris.

Guardiola says City were in favour of the technology being introduced, but he hopes the delay will allow the system to be improved.

It was nearly too easy for City and they slipped up in the 42nd minute.

"You can win the Champions League in seven games; the league is 10 months".

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