Premier League legend lauds Pep Guardiola after Man City confirmed as champions

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With City's fierce local rivals Manchester United plunging to a shock defeat against the bottom club, West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday, City were crowned the new champions with no team now able to overtake them on the league table.

However, United boss Jose Mourinho lambasted his players for basking in the glory of coming from 2-0 down to beat City 3-2 last weekend.

He would have been as surprised as everyone else that the title, seemingly a foregone conclusion for months, was rubber-stamped in such unusual circumstances.

West Brom had lost eight of their previous nine games and last won on January 13.

Manchester United lies at the second spot 16 points adrift from the top with 71 points, Liverpool follows closely with 70 points at the third spot.

Other players who have also reportedly been linked with exits from City are Fabian Delph, Claudio Bravo, Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer.

"The conditions were different to what he had at other clubs, but his methods were right and were what we believed in".

Guardiola, who failed to land a trophy in his first season in charge at The Etihad, opened his account by winning the League Cup in February against Arsenal.

With that triumph, he joined an elite group of managers to have won league titles in at least three of the top five European leagues of England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and teammates John Stones, Bernardo Silva, Fabian Delph and Kyle Walker celebrated their Premier League title win on Sunday with fans at Hale Wine Bar in Manchester.

Given the way they have demolished all challengers in the league, it was apparent months ago that it was only a matter of when rather than if City would take the title.

"We were masters in complicated football, everything was complicated", said Mourinho. "That will give us a lot of points in the future".

It was always a matter of when rather than if City would be champions after they led the way for most of the season.

"You can't take (winning the league) for granted, I've won three now, but there's so many we've missed", he said. As I was saying, eight titles are eight titles and three Premier Leagues are three Premier Leagues and the last Premier League was not 20 years ago it was three years ago.

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.

"I suppose my team-mates will roll their eyes a little bit but I kind of want to see what the reaction is now", the Belgian, also a title-winner in 2012 and 2014, told Sky Sports. "You can't describe it".