Premier League title can help Man City grow in stature - Pep Guardiola

Premier League title can help Man City grow in stature - Pep Guardiola

Sterling put in an impressive display as City breezed past Tottenham 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday in what turned out to be a Premier League title-clinching win following Manchester United's surprise defeat to West Brom on Sunday.

West Brom's official Twitter account tweeted "you're welcome" to Manchester City, while its fans at Old Trafford sang: "We've won you the league, Manchester City, we've won you the league".

A week after City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to United and squander the chance to wrap up the title in flawless style against their arch-rivals, it was relegation-bound West Brom who served it up on a plate.

City are 16 points clear of second placed United, who can only take a maximum of 15 points from their remaining matches.

"We played so good in many games", Guardiola said. Probably because I won eight championships, I was not in the moon with the victory against them.

It reflected City's specialness, just as the records of this season should. 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".

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"Anyway, City had thrown money at it before and didn't play like this prior to Pep's arrival". "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.

It sets the right tone, ensures the campaign ends in the right mood, and could also now see them hit a lot of records as well as the right notes.

There's also the way that their football has been so good, and of such a high and genuinely unique level, that it feels like they should achieve something historic - like a points record - to properly symbolise that; to give it the special resonance it deserves.

It looks so much more achievable again, because City suddenly looked so good again.

We're seeing a packed out Etihad Stadium (for the first time ever), along with streets and pubs lined with City fans. "We conceded goals but the most important detail is not the goal you concede but the chances you concede and in every game it was few and [while] playing so offensively". There was a period of adaptation for him coming into the league and for us taking in his methods. They've been by far the best team in the league.

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