After Man City defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Saturday, Man United needed a win over West Brom to keep the slim title hopes alive. "The players are aware and there will be no let up from our side with a massive game coming up". Just 24 hours later, with Guardiola claiming he would be on the golf course, City were teeing off for a title party.
City have unquestionably been the best team in England but their status has been undermined by their Champions League exit. "Premier League Champions 17/18", City tweeted soon after the final whistle.
It was City's 14th consecutive victory - a new Premier League record - and one they would go on to extend by another five matches. What a great feeling!
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The 2017-18 campaign is the first time Jose Mourinho has finished his second season at a club without winning a domestic league title. Thoroughly deserved and won with a style of football that is truly joyous to watch.
Mourinho lambasted his players for over-elaborating in possession, calling them "masters of complication", after they produced a performance completely at odds with the stirring second-half showing in their 3-2 title-delaying victory against City last week. "Everything was complicated. Players they didn't want to or couldn't play simple", Mourinho told SkyTV afterwards. There was no fluidity.
"You can't take (winning the league) for granted, I've won three now but there's so many we've missed", he said.
This is Mourinho's second season at Old Trafford and he insisted that his impressive managerial record - at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid - shouldn't be forgotten.
Mourinho was less than thrilled with midfielder Paul Pogba's performance, removing him before the hour for Anthony Martial under the guise of making sure the France global did not pick up a second yellow card. "I have no reason not to - eight titles and three Premier Leagues and the last Premier League was not 20 years ago".