Manchester City were confirmed as Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons after Manchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester on Tuesday.

Its Guardiola’s 10th major honour since taking charge at City in 2016, and it comes a week after Man City booked place in the UEFA Champions League final at the end of the month with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

“This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won. I am 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 is relentless. Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.”

City missed the chance to get over the line on their own terms in a home date with Chelsea – their upcoming opponents in a continental showpiece – as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against fellow Blues.

Old adversaries Manchester United were, however, to bring the race for Premier League supremacy to a close as they came unstuck against fellow top-four hopefuls Leicester City, who scored a 2-1 win behind goals from Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu to mathematically seal City’s triumph.

With rivals such as Liverpool enduring uncharacteristic struggles this season, City have taken full advantage to position themselves back on the loftiest of perches.

In the Premier League, 25 victories have been picked up from 35 games, with only five defeats suffered by the division’s highest scorers and meanest defence.

Manchester City crowned 2020-21 Premier League champions


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