Guardiola proves 'Pep's Way' can work in England too

Florence Fletcher
April 19, 2018

Guardiola's side missed the chance to seal the title when they lost 3-2 at home to bitter rivals United last week, either side of two Champions League quarter-final defeats to Liverpool, and the Spaniard believes his side could still be vulnerable.

Not so. Under that kind of pressure, De Bruyne still went and offered one of the passes of the season.

"Winning at Stamford Bridge gave us a feeling of, 'OK, against the last champions, we are able to come here and play'".

Gundogan was on target in a 3-1 win at Wembley against Tottenham to put City on the brink of claiming the title but with United not expected to slump against West Brom, the Germany worldwide went to see former club Borussia Dortmund take on Schalke in the Bundesliga's Ruhr derby.

Thierry Henry, for Arsenal in 2002-03, is the only player to reach 20 assists in a Premier League season. Only three teams have passed 100, with City and Liverpool scoring 102 and 101 respectively in 2013-14, so a mere seven more will see them become the first club to achieve the feat twice.

City swashbuckled their way to glory this term, with Guardiola heavily backed in the transfer market as the likes of Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker and Ederson joined during the close-season, while Aymeric Laporte arrived in January.

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Manchester City's young squad can help the newly-crowned Premier League champions build on their success in the coming years, playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has said.

English Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah has been named in the Professional Footballers' Association Premier League Team of the Year. But in the way they did this, it was incredible. "It's been a pleasure to play with this team and be part of everything we've achieved this season". "And playing with only two midfield players, you can not play with one player in risk of not being able to make a foul".

No doubt Guardiola will have a few new tricks for next season to keep his players - and his opponents - on their toes.

Guardiola will have to decide sooner rather than later if he intends to leave at the end of his contract or sign a fresh deal, likely for another year.

They ended the season with 91 points and 97 goals scored.

Kompany said after winning the league that there is so much more potential to be unlocked in the blue half of Manchester.

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