EPL: No more blue moon rising over Guardiola's Manchester City

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City players have been rewarded with three days' off once the title was secured following United's shock 1-0 home defeat to bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

United were way off the pace that saw them overturn a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 with a superb second-half display at the Etihad Stadium a week ago.

The man most often picked out by Guardiola himself as the heartbeat of this City side, Kevin De Bruyne looks set to battle with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah for the Premier League player of the year awards. Ferguson's last United triumph in 2012-13 was by 11 points from the then champions City; the following season, under new management, they finished seventh. The Citizens have been widely praised, with many calling them the best team in Europe this season.

The England worldwide is City's second-highest scorer behind Sergio Aguero but his goals have also come at some key moments on their road to the title. People always talk about possession, but when he talks about defending, he will tell you to stay in your position and not lose the ball.

Clean sheets are firmly on the order as an improvement of four on their goal difference would see record number four tumble spectacularly. City still have five games to play this season.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is already planning for back to back Premier League titles. "Our City. Premier League Champions 17/18".

And it was achieved by playing a brand of football that has had the purists purring all season with City racking up 93 goals so far and on course to top the 100-point barrier. It equalled a Premier League milestone set by Manchester United in 2001, as City are unable to be caught and there are still five fixtures to play. "It's good for the Premier League as well".

There is no right or wrong in football, because it has been proven you can win the league and cups in many different ways.

But a first Premier League title, to go with the three La Liga titles he won as manager of Barcelona and the three Bundesliga titles he delivered for Bayern Munich, will be particularly satisfying. I've never retained a title'.

He said: "I don't know if I was the first or if I was the second or the third, but I congratulated them face-to-face when I had the chance to do it".

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