Guardiola proud of his Man City title winners: We can do better

Lawrence Cooper
May 7, 2018

Earlier, Manchester City were kept scoreless for the first time this season in a 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Huddersfield, slightly puncturing the party atmosphere on the day their players lifted the Premier League trophy.

Two more followed in successive seasons before he moved to Bayern Munich, who won three consecutive Bundesliga titles under his management. "Big credit to City and Pep for their great achievement, you've seen today that they are the best team".

His first season as City manager ended with the team 15 points adrift of champions Chelsea in the Premier League.

"We are delighted with what we have done and the way we have done it", Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 live.

"You win, you lose, but always you have to try to do what you believe".

The celebrations for City's third title in seven seasons began well before kick-off, both inside and outside their Etihad home ground. We lost a bit of focus but it's normal.

"Going back-to-back will be tough but we accept the challenge".

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Amid jubilant scenes at the Etihad, the champions lifted their trophy having walked out to a guard of honour as thousands of blue and white flags fluttered in the stands.

There was also a nice nod to the club's past when surviving members from City's glorious 1968 title winners - Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee to the fore - were introduced before kick-off.

Winning the league is harder to do in England than in Spain and Germany, says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool have work to do to secure their place in Europe's elite competition as an intense contest in stifling heat proved too much at the end of a week in which Jurgen Klopp's men advanced to the Champions League final.

David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne all came close to breaking the deadlock without success.

By the interval, Huddersfield were visibly wilting in the Manchester heat and facing the prospect of a long second half of attrition.

But Guardiola's heartfelt congratulations to his opposite number Wagner on the final whistle, demonstrated the importance of the point to the visitors who now join Everton and Manchester United as the only sides to have avoided defeat at the Etihad in the league this season.

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