Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claimed the club’s latest Premier League title triumph has been the ‘hardest’ to win following events on Tuesday evening.
City were confirmed as champions once again after Manchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester. The victory for the Foxes, which cemented their top-four hopes, means City are 10 points clear with just three games remaining and cannot be caught.
Guardiola said: “This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other. This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players.
“They are so special. To come through this season, with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced – and show the consistency we have is remarkable. It is relentless.
“Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.
“That is equally true of each and every member of our backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our players are fully equipped to take on the unexpected challenges and new routines throughout such a turbulent year.
“Not forgetting of course, all the staff across our organisation who work to make this club the success it is.
“Whether that’s been from the offices at the City Football Academy or working from home, the efforts of every employee in such trying circumstances have contributed to this achievement.”
We’ve got one take at this! Let’s go!
What a season! What a ride! 🏆
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🎥 Watch ’til THE END!
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 11, 2021
Guardiola continued: “At the start of every season, the Premier League is the most important title for us. This is the last 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.”
City players start their celebrations
The players then had their say on social media platforms, as City claimed their second trophy of the campaign, with the Champions League final still to come.
Forward Sergio Aguero marked his latest Premier League crown by tweeting: “Champions! Proud of this team! Five #PremierLeague titles with #ManCity.”
Ilkay Gundogan tweeted: “Champions of England… again. I would have preferred to celebrate this moment after an own game, but I take it anyway. What a season!”
IT’S THE CHAMPIONS BABYYYY https://t.co/10mfU2aOcN
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) May 11, 2021
Kevin De Bruyne wrote “Another One” on Twitter, alongside three trophy emojis and a picture of himself under the words “Premier League Champions 2020/21”.
Alongside a picture of him celebrating, Aymeric Laporte wrote on Twitter: “CHAMPIONNNNES CHAMPIONNNNES OLE OLE OLE.”
City captain Fernandinho added: “I am so proud and so happy with what we have achieved.
“The Premier League is the hardest league in world football – every single match is tough. To win it again means the world to me and the rest of the squad.
“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.”