Pep Guardiola would rather win Premier League than Champions League next season

by Leon Thompson May 16, 2018, 6:25
Pep Guardiola would rather win Premier League than Champions League next season

However, he showed another side in the final 15 minutes as both Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden were brought on - giving each player a fifth appearance of the season to earn a Premier League winners' medal. That the Premier League has never been the playing field for any single club is certitude, with as many as five clubs competing for the title in any given season.

Whether City can improve next season remains to be seen, given they have only dropped 14 points from a possible 114.

The Premiership title defence has been nothing short of an enigma, for Manchester United were the last club to successfully defend their championship back in 2008-09 season.

Take a look through the gallery above to reveal the difference in each Premier League team's points tally compared last season. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Guardiola said: "Jurgen [Klopp] is a top manager, creating not just an offensive style and not just thinking about the spectators".

Pep Guardiola would rather win Premier League than Champions League next season
Pep Guardiola would rather win Premier League than Champions League next season

The 29-year-old played 20 league games and three Cup games with the Terriers, and was noticeably strong in his first season of top flight English football. Pep Guardiola's side have blown away the competition in England this season and this was the ultimate illustration of their supremacy.

The team were unpredictable and inconsistent during the second half of the campaign and heavy defeats against Everton (4-0) and Leicester City (4-2) left many onlookers wondering if Guardiola had finally been sussed.

The decision of not electing Mohamed Salah as our player of the season was always going to be a tough one but we can't help but acknowledge the influence Kevin de Bruyne has had on Manchester City this season. Want to challenge the best English Fantasy Managers? Before the lineup was announced, I had no concerns we wouldn't win.

For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend. City conceded the fewest goals in the league, 27 in 38 games. A corner from Dusan Tadic was met by Wesley Hoedt who saw his header come back off the upright and away for a goal kick.

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