Pep Guardiola lauds Manchester City after sealing Premier League title

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku shows his dejection after the final whistle of the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford Manchester England Sunday

After being made to wait a week, Manchester City were finally confirmed as Premier League champions after their victory at Tottenham and Manchester United's defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: "Winning the Premier League again is a great honour for Manchester City".

Jay Rodriguez headed the only goal of a tiresome encounter at Old Trafford on Sunday, handing the bottom-placed Baggies a 1-0 victory that confirmed Premier League leaders City as champions.

Despite blowing the chance to win the league against United last weekend, City still matched United's record by claiming the title with five games to spare.

United, despite Sunday's defeat, are widely expected to assume second position and have Bournemouth, Arsenal, Brighton, West Ham and Watford still to play before the season inquest begins.

On the blue side of Manchester the reaction was one of delight after a hard fortnight in which they lost to United and were dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves the pitch after the final whistle of the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford Manchester England Sunday

"They lost only two matches [this season] because they were the best team", Mourinho said.

With that triumph, he joined an elite group of managers to have won league titles in at least three of the top five European leagues of England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. "The levels that Pep Guardiola has taken City to this season, I can't see any of the other sides competing with them in the next five years if they continue playing at this level".

It was down to the phenomenal 93 strikes to have hit the net this season, more than any team has managed in a complete campaign since Manuel Pellegrini managed the club to a tally of 102 in 2014, when they also won the league. It was City's fifth English league title and third Premier League crown in last six years. Thoroughly deserved and won with a style of football that is truly joyous to watch. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week.

And we all know there's only one way to celebrate... There was no fluidity. Sterling scored 11 times in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

"I trust in my work". I know how to win and I believe in myself. I believe in myself. This league title is for you too! They would need 11 more to go past Chelsea's haul of 103 goals for a single season.

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