Pep Guardiola heaps praise on 'special' Manchester City side

Pep Guardiola heaps praise on 'special' Manchester City side

After Manchester United's loss to Leicester, Guardiola's team was confirmed as champions with three games remaining.

Following Manchester United's loss by Leicester, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrated the most impressive of Premier League title victories in a relentless campaign.

After Chelsea battled back to win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, City had to wait to celebrate their third league victory under Guardiola.

United kept up the momentum with a win over Aston Villa on Sunday, but came up short against Leicester City on Tuesday night, losing 2-1 at Old Trafford.

With three games remaining, Guardiola's side has been confirmed as champions, with the possibility of completing a treble when they face Chelsea for Europe's top club prize on May 29.

City was eighth in the table on Christmas Day, but Guardiola never gave up hope, and his team went on to win 21 games in a row in all competitions.

“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 of the staff across our organisation who work to make this club the success it is.”

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.”

Following confirmation of the title, City fans celebrated outside the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola will relish the opportunity to mark the achievement with the club’s supporters once again when some will be allowed into the ground for the final home match of the league season on May 23.

“I am looking forward to the Everton game, we will lift the trophy with 10,000 people I think who will be coming to the stadium, it will be incredible,” Guardiola said in a video posted on the Manchester City Twitter page.

“This business without these people is not the same, and hopefully next season we can enjoy it at all the Premier League teams.”

Guardiola's side will now travel to Newcastle on Friday as England's finest, with the chance to complete a treble still on the table.

European dominance is also firmly in City's sights.

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

“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.”

When they face Chelsea, who beat them in the FA Cup semi-finals, for the Champions League title, they will have a chance to correct the record, regardless of where the match is played.