'Nobody is better than us': Guardiola praises 'best ever' City team


'Nobody is better than us': Guardiola praises 'best ever' City team

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola poses with the Premier League trophy
Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola poses with the Premier League trophyAFP
Manchester City won an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title on Sunday as Phil Foden's double inspired a 3-1 victory over West Ham.

No side in the history of the English top flight had ever won four successive titles, but City have become accustomed to rewriting the record books under Pep Guardiola.

The Catalan coach has masterminded six Premier League wins in the past seven seasons.

In four of those years City have also surpassed the 90-point mark and were pushed to it this season to deny Arsenal a first title since 2003/04.

Manchester City lift the Premier League trophy
Manchester City lift the Premier League trophyAFP

"I'm pretty sure for our fans our team now will be the best (ever)," said Guardiola.

"In terms of numbers nobody has been better than us in goals, points, four (titles) in a row.

"We have done something unbelievable. Six Premier Leagues in seven years with the quality, the managers and teams in this league."

Arsenal celebrated a 0-0 draw at the Etihad last month that kept them one point in front of City with nine games to play.

But the champions were relentless in the run-in, winning their final nine league games, scoring 33 goals.

Guardiola conceded City had felt the pressure in a nervy 2-0 win at Tottenham in midweek that kept the destiny of the title in their own hands.

Guardiola quotes
Guardiola quotesAFP

In the same scenario two years ago, they needed a remarkable late fightback from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 on the final day.

There was far less drama as West Ham melted under the baking Manchester sun in David Moyes' final game in charge of the Hammers.

Foden ends suspense

Foden was recently crowned the football writers' player of the year for his best-ever goalscoring season and ended any suspense after just 79 seconds.

The England international arrowed a blistering drive into the top corner to ensure there was no nervous wait for the title party to get started.

Foden doubled City's lead inside 20 minutes with another cool left-footed finish from Jeremy Doku's cross for his 27th goal of the season.

Man City form
Man City formFlashscore

"Not just me but all the lads have played in important games over the years and have got through this situation a few times as well so it certainly helps with the nerves," said Foden.

"I thought today we just looked confident and played our football. In the end it paid off."

Out of nowhere, there was a twist in the tale of the first half when, from a West Ham corner, Mohammed Kudus' outrageous overhead kick flew high past Stefan Ortega.

City swiftly restored order at the start of the second period and fittingly it was Rodri, himself a player of the year contender, who delivered the knockout blow to Arsenal's title hopes.

The Spaniard has not been on the losing side for club or country since March 2023.

Premier League top scorers
Premier League top scorersAFP/Opta by StatsPerform

City's only three Premier League defeats came in the three games the 27-year-old was suspended.

Alphonse Areola should have done better as the Frenchman failed to turn Rodri's tame effort round the post.

City could then cruise to the finish line and extend a remarkable 35-game unbeaten streak in all competitions from open play.

The only blip on that run was a penalty shootout defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals that denied Guardiola's men the chance of back-to-back trebles.

They can make it a double next weekend when Manchester United have the unenviable task of stopping their local rivals in the FA Cup final.

By achieving a degree of league dominance never seen before, City have made their case to be considered the greatest side English football has produced.

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