Pep Guardiola speaks out after Manchester City’s ‘hardest’ Premier League title


Guardiola won a third Premier League title (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Pep Guardiola hailed his third Premier League title as the ‘hardest’ of his reign at Manchester City after a ‘relentless’ Covid-hit season.

Manchester City were confirmed as champions after Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday night.

Guardiola’s side remain on course for a treble, having already won the Carabao Cup, and could win a first Champions League title later this month when they face Chelsea.

And they can put their feet up somewhat for the final three Premier League matches of the season, having already wrapped up the title.

‘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 that we won.

Leicester’s win over United confirmed Man City are champions (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘I’m 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’s 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.

‘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’s a huge success.

‘It’s 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’s 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. It has been such a hard year for so many people. This one is really for our fans and for Colin Bell and all his family.’

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