Manchester City have clinched the Premier League title after Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom on Super Sunday.
City could have won the title against United last weekend at Etihad with a record six games to go, but handed the Reds a stunning 3-2 comeback victory after surrendering a two-goal lead.
This is City’s third title in seven season and their first under Pep Guardiola in his second campaign in charge. He has become the first Spaniard to win the English top-flight title, and he has won the top-flight league title in seven of his nine seasons as a manager.
City have lost just twice in the league so far this season and earn the crown with five games remaining to equal a joint-Premier League record with Manchester United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85). They now sit 16 points clear of their fierce rivals.
“It’s more difficult (to win in England),” Guradiola said after the match.
“Physicality, weather conditions, the amount of games; the Premier League is so tough.
“That’s why winning next week, hopefully we will, it will remain in our hearts forever. It’s one of the best by far. Winning titles in every league is important, with Barcelona was special. But the Premier League is one of the nicest and most important.”
Before City lost 4-3 away to Liverpool back in January, they had won 18 consecutive games, beating every side in the division this season at least once and set a new Premier League record.
They also recorded the highest percentage of possession at 82.13% during their match at Everton and with 900 passes during their Chelsea match they surpassed that record also.
City toasted their success by saying: “Manchester City are Premier League champions!
“Victory against Spurs at Wembley combined with United’s defeat to West Brom means City are now in an unassailable position at the top-flight summit.
“Record-smashing, goal-scoring, swashbuckling and awe-inspiring – boss Pep Guardiola has overseen a scintillating campaign, setting new standards of brilliance in English football.”