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City boss Pep Guardiola: This has been a Premier League title like no other

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola felt this season’s Premier League title success was the hardest yet after his team were crowned champions once again following Manchester United’s 2-1 home defeat by Leicester on Tuesday night.

City had missed the opportunity to secure a third league triumph under the Spaniard on Saturday when a saved penalty from Sergio Aguero proved costly as Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

United beat Aston Villa on Sunday and needed at least a point to put City’s celebrations on hold once again.

Guardiola continued: “At the start of every season, the Premier League is the most important title for us. This is the one where you have to be there every three days, playing all your rivals home and away.

“Only by being the very best, week in week out, can you win this competition. It is a huge success.

“It is so important to say a huge thank you to all our fans. In our toughest moments, we couldn’t hear the crowd get behind us as usual, but we know they are with us everywhere we go and that has lifted us.

“I promise them we sense their love, we appreciate it and we could not have done what we have done without it. I hope we can all celebrate together one day not too far away.”

Manchester City fans have been quick to mark the team’s achievements (Nick Potts/PA)

Guardiola will now take his side to Newcastle on Friday safe in the knowledge that he has delivered another major trophy back to the Etihad Stadium, reclaiming the league crown from Liverpool, and still with the opportunity to complete a treble.

City also have European dominance firmly in their sights, with the chance to set the record straight when they tackle Chelsea, who beat them in the FA Cup semi-finals, for the Champions League crown on May 29.

City captain Fernandinho spoke of his pride at leading the club to another title success.

“The Premier League is the hardest league in world football – every single game is tough. To win it again means the world to me and the rest of the squad,” the Brazilian said.

“To captain this team is an honour and a privilege because the players have given their all throughout the season, whether in training or in matches. The teamwork has been amazing.

“Football is everything to us and we strive every single day to be as good as we can be in the hope we can bring success to Manchester City.

“Winning the Premier League title is the ultimate fulfilment of our ambitions. It’s what we all dreamed of as young players, so to do it is a wonderful feeling.”

Fernandinho added: “We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too.

“Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to bring the Champions League home this season.”

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