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kings crowned Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City champions react as they win the Premier League


Pep Guardiola has delivered another Premier League trophy for Manchester City (Martin Rickett/PA)

Pep Guardiola has delivered another Premier League trophy for Manchester City (Martin Rickett/PA)

Pep Guardiola has delivered another Premier League trophy for Manchester City (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester City have reclaimed the Premier League title, after Leicester's win against Manchester United at Old Trafford confirmed Pep Guardiola's side as champions.

Caglar Soyuncu’s thumping header gave Leicester’s top-four hopes a huge shot in the arm as they condemned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s scratch Manchester United side to the defeat that saw City crowned champions.

"This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other," declared City manager Pep Guardiola. "This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way 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.

"That is equally true of each and every member of our backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our players are fully equipped to take on the unexpected challenges and new routines throughout such a turbulent year.

"Not forgetting of course, all the staff across our organisation who work to make this club the success it is.

"Whether that’s been from the offices at the City Football Academy or working from home, the efforts of every employee in such trying circumstances have contributed to this achievement."

Guardiola also reserved a comment for club legend Colin Bell, who passed away in January as he added: "I promise them (the fans) we sense their love, we appreciate it and we could not have done what we have done without it.

"I hope we can all celebrate together one day not too far away. It has been such a hard year for so many people.

"This one is really for our fans and for Colin Bell and all his family."

City captain Fernandinho gave his verdict on the moment of triumph as he stated: "I am so proud and so happy with what we have achieved.

"The Premier League is the hardest league in world football – every single match is tough. To win it again means the world to me and the rest of the squad.

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"To captain this team is an honour and a privilege because the players have given their all throughout the season, whether in training or in matches. The teamwork has been amazing.

"Football is everything to us and we strive every single day to be as good as we can be in the hope we can bring success to Manchester City.

"Winning the Premier League is the ultimate fulfilment of our ambitions. It’s what we all dreamed of as young players, so to do it is a wonderful feeling.

"We have missed the fans so much. We wanted to do this for them.

"We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too. Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to bring the Champions League home this season."

City winger Raheem Sterling was among the first to react, as he gave his excited verdict on Twitter and he was quickly followed by his City team-mates:

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