Football

Manchester City boss Guardiola hails squad after claiming Premier League crown

Pep Guardiola has won nine league titles as a coach in England, Spain and Germany.
Pep Guardiola has won nine league titles as a coach in England, Spain and Germany. CARL RECINE POOL/AFP/File

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola hailed his players as special after they won the 2021 English Premier League title. 

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City claimed the crown after their nearest challengers - Manchester United - lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City. It left Guardiola's side 10 points clear with three games remaining

The defeat of their local rivals sparked celebrations among the Manchester City supporters who had gathered outside the Etihad Stadium.

"This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other," said Guardiola. "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."

Reign

Five of City's seven top flight titles have come in the past nine years. Guardiola has orchestrated three of the triumphs.

The Premier League title arrived just over two weeks after City beat Tottenham in the League Cup final.

They can collect a third trophy this season on 29 May when they take on Chelsea in the Champions League final.

"We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too," said City skipper Fernandinho.

"We will continue to do everything we can to bring the Champions League home this season," the Brazilian added.

City will play in next season's Champions League after their latest success. Manchester United will also participate in European club football's most prestigious competition.

Leicester City's win on Tuesday night enhanced their chances of joining the two Manchester clubs in the tournament. They moved up to third with two games remaining. Chelsea will overtake Leicester City if they beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

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