Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that winning the Premier League trophy this year was the “toughest title” of his career so far.
City came from a goal down to beat Brighton 4-1 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday to complete their title defence on the final day of the season, finishing with 98 points, 32 wins, 4 loses, and 2 draws but just a point ahead of a second placed Liverpool, who beat Wolves by 2-0 on the same day.
“To win the title we had to win 14 games in a row. This was the toughest title in all my career, by far,” said Guardiola.
Guardiola, who on Sunday won his 8th league title in the last ten seasons but only the second in the Premier League congratulated his rivals Liverpool for pushing them to compete and increase their standards.
“I have to say congratulations to Liverpool of course, thank you so much. Last season Manchester City made the standards. They helped to push us and to increase our standards from last season,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“To compete against this team pushed us to do what we have done. It’s incredible, 198 points in two seasons. Normally if you get 100 points the tendency is to go down but Liverpool helped us to be consistent.”
The 48-year-old Spaniard won three La Liga titles in a row during his first three years at the helm of Barcelona and three consecutive Bundesliga titles while in Germany with Bayern Munich before joining City.
He will be looking forward to winning the third Premier League title in a row with City, something that only Manchester United have managed to do and done it twice, from 1998-99 to 2000-01 and 2006-07 to 2008-09.
In his own words, Guardiola expects next season to be even tougher.
“It will be tougher but we will be stronger too. When you can win two in a row I have the feeling that next season we will come back and try to be who we are right now.”