Manchester City are the New Premier League Champions

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

Combining speed, guile, power and more speed, it has blown away opponents and redefined what anyone thought was possible in the English game.

Earlier, Newcastle United virtually guaranteed their Premier League safety as they came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday.

Only time will tell how good this City team is, and whether they are the best we have ever seen in the Premier League, but one thing that can not be denied is that they are the best we have right now - and by some distance.

The last decade, though, suggests back-to-back successes will be no given.

After a mixed first season in England, Guardiola faced questions about whether his methods were a good fit for the Premier League.

Yet if any team look capable of bucking this trend, it is Guardiola's latest potential masterpiece, which, remember, is still a work in progress. That theory has been wholly debunked.

Sergio Aguero sits on the bench ahead of the UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Liverpool, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on April 10, 2018.

United will want to forget the result and its significance as quickly as they can.

Guardiola's talent and commitment is the key to this. Having two natural playmakers in the same midfield has made City nearly impossible to stop in the same way Guardiola harnessed the brilliant best from Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in a glorious four-year spell at Barcelona from 2008 to 2012.

City manager Pep Guardiola might have missed one of the proudest moments of his career, however, after admitting on Saturday that he had a round of golf booked with his son and was not planning to watch United's game.

"Thanks to everyone for supporting me in this tough year!"

"That's the reason why they were champions and probably because I won eight championships I was not in the moon [sic] with the victory against them [last week] because that doesn't make me feel super happy".

However, the celebrations had not even started when Kompany was already thinking about the next season. If Silva is the magician, De Bruyne is the relentless force - bringing a directness to City's attacking play.

City chief executive officer Ferran Soriano added: "Winning the Premier League again is a great honour for Manchester City". There was a period of adaptation for him coming into the league and for us taking in his methods.

The pinnacle of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal reign remains the "Invincibles" - only the second team to go through an English top-flight season without losing a single game after Preston's unbeaten feat in 1889. "After what this club has done in the last ten years, in terms of creating facilities and making it bigger, it will happen".

Guardiola sounded like a man who will be there when it does.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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