Manchester City Win Back To Back Premier League Titles

Soccer Section May 13, 2019 0

Pep Guardiola challenged his Manchester City champions to dominate English football and feed his winning addiction after retaining the Premier League title.

City recovered from a goal down to beat Brighton 4-1 and pip Liverpool to the crown on what proved a dramatic final day.

Guardiola became the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009 to retain the Premier League crown. He is demanding even more from his players, who put together a run of 14 wins to overcome Liverpool.

‘Winning the title gives you a lot of energy… it’s so addictive,’ Guardiola said. ‘The line between success and failure is so, so tight.

‘That is the reality at the high level. That’s why we have to pay attention to those small details. Every season is tougher. Why should my players doubt what they do every training session? They follow us, they follow me. The big mistake we could do – and with me that is not going to happen – is believe we are something special.

‘We accept the challenge and I promise you we’ll come back and we’ll be stronger next season. It doesn’t matter what competition you play you have to prepare. Every three days the players are ready to win here and against the big contenders.

‘Liverpool haven’t won anything in the last four years! And this is Liverpool, like Manchester United, one of the biggest teams in England.

‘We know that we have won four or five titles in two seasons, but we know you might go four or five years afterwards without winning a title.’ City now head to Wembley on Saturday gunning to become the first team to ever complete a domestic Treble when they face Watford in the FA Cup final.

Guardiola expected City’s rivals to react after the 100-point haul last season and believes next season could be the toughest yet.

‘Liverpool will maintain their level and the other ones will be better,’ Guardiola added. ‘United must come back, Chelsea one more year with (Maurizio) Sarri will be better.

Tottenham we have seen in the Champions League and when Arsenal do what they have to do they will be there too. We will prepare well to come back stronger.

‘The best managers are here in this league, incredible players, and especially with this rivalry we faced this season. We realised Liverpool were incredible, they were incredibly consistent.

‘I think, honestly, we increased the standards of this competition last season. We did 100 points. Teams realised that, but only Liverpool handled it. We have to thank them because they helped us be better this season. They had an incredible season, but we did a little bit better.’

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