Pep Guardiola: 'Premier League tougher to win than Champions League'

Pep Guardiola: 'Premier League tougher to win than Champions League'

Like all of us, Manchester City's iconic captain Vincent Kompany probably wasn't expecting West Brom to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight, crowning City as the 2017/18 Premier League champions.

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry on Sky Sports: "They deserve to be champions, I am sure they would have liked to do it against Swansea but now they can play against Swansea with a happier smile on their face because they all know they're champions and they deserve it". Now the 26-year-old Belgian is the best midfielder in the Premier League.

Guardiola's men secured their third PL trophy with five games of the season to go and this league title is City's fifth in club history.

Asked how it felt to be part of another title-winning squad, he added: "Yeah, its special, I'm privileged to be part of such a great group, great players, good guys, good mentality, good atmosphere in the team, every single time I'm on the pitch I enjoy it".

"But my team mates might roll their eyes when I say this: I want to see how the reaction is going to be now".

City have never been able to retain the title.

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Jose Mourinho criticised his United players following the result, saying: "I won eight titles and I'm not on the moon because I won against Manchester City, a match that is just three points".

Kompany, whose return to regular fitness has been a key factor in City's success this season, said there could be no talk of domination after they won a first league title since 2014.

City, though, have won 14 times on the road already and could break the record if they win their two remaining trips, to West Ham and Southampton.

They still have a seven-point buffer over Chelsea in the race for the Champions League and boss Mauricio Pochettino is content.

"We have a second chance against Swansea and we're going to try and be champions", he said. It will be more complicated but for the club, the players, all the departments in the club, the people can believe we are good: Manchester City is a good club.

Thierry Henry: "I am not surprised with what Pep has done in this league and past year, I was one of the people saying stop having a go at the man because that's how he plays".

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