Manchester City champions: Five key players that helped them win the title

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Manchester City champions: Five key players that helped them win the title

Winning the title with five matches to go makes City the joint earliest champions in the Premier League era - matching the achievement of the 2000-01 Manchester United team. Combining speed, guile, power and more speed, it has blown away opponents and redefined what anyone thought was possible in the English game. My favourite title is still the first one - it was special.

Tottenham are fourth in the standings on 67 points and are unbeaten in their last 14 league games.

"Manchester City is not like [Manchester] United or Chelsea - the big clubs in England have trophies and a lot of history behind them". "I've won three now but there's so many we've missed".

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.

Vincent Kompany says that he will never take winning the Premier League for granted, as Manchester City celebrate their third triumph in seven seasons. Six years later, the finale was much more underwhelming, with Rodriguez nodding in from a corner to silence the majority of Old Trafford and set up one of the most surprising wins of the season.

"It is the same feeling as the first time, you can't describe it", Kompany said.

Manchester City won the Premier League title as Manchester United's shock 1-0 home defeat by West Brom confirmed their rivals as champions.

Guardiola also praised his young players - with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scoring crucial goals - and he believes they will learn from their Champions League disappointment.

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"It shows what football is in Manchester. We conceded goals but the most important detail is not the goal you concede but the chances you concede and in every game it was few and [while] playing so offensively".

City's title win is the third of Kompany's 10-year Etihad career.

"The last week was tough for us", Guardiola said.

'We needed a period of adaptation...his methods were the right ones, we believed in him.

'I'd like to stay humble, it's not a dynasty, it's just one title.

The 32-year-old who has been nominated for this year's PFA Player of the Year was holding his child while wearing a hospital gown in the photo.

"We were able to play at the level that we are expected to perform at and I think the previous times when we have won it a lot of times you can actually say that we almost through it away".

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