Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted the 2019/20 Premier League title win was his toughest yet.
The Cityzens romped to the title in spectacular fashion, their third crown in four seasons, having had a poor start to the season as they found themselves 11th on the table in November.
Guardiola's men however put together 15 straight wins between December and March to easily take charge of the race.
"At the start of every season, the Premier League is the most important title for us," he said on Wednesday just before the 2021/22 fixtures were released.
"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."
Guardiola was happy to have welcomed a number of fans for the last match of the season against Everton, and he underlined the importance of the crowd.
"It is so important to say a huge thank you to all our fans," he said. "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 open their 2021/22 campaign with an away match at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, August 14, a week after their FA Community Shield match against Leicester.