Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola reveals he knew last SEPTEMBER that this title was in the bag

Pep Guardiola has pinpointed the day he knew Manchester City would win the title — and has now challenged his players to dominate for years to come.

The Blues’ boss says that he knew the squad had come of age more than six months ago after winning at Chelsea on September 30 when they overcame last season’s champions.

And Guardiola, who played golf on Sunday rather than watch the Manchester United versys West Brom game that crowned his men champions, insists the challenge now is to write a new chapter of English football by making sure they kick on and join the giants of the game.

He said: “I think winning at Stamford Bridge gave us the confidence that we could do it.

Kevin de Bruyne got the only goal that day at Stamford Bridge last September…
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…as City convinced Guardiola they were title material by beating the champions on their own turf
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“Because last season against other contenders we were not so good. We won few games.

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

“But in general we were so, so stable. And OK, Sergio (Aguero) is a genius, a top player about 30 years old but the other guys are 20, 21 years old, so we won with guys so young.

“Playing in the Champions League at that age, sometimes it is complicated. But maybe it will be a lesson for the future for them and next season.

“Now we have to try (get better). If you read what the people say this week we have to improve. But you cannot deny that we were good this season. Every single day.

“To make 18 games in a row winning you have to be mentally strong.

“That is important to build up the club. It is important to believe because Manchester City is not like United or Chelsea or Arsenal – you know, the big clubs in England who have a big history behind them.

Tee party! Guardiola was golfing with top pro Tommy Fleetwood, second left, as City won the title
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“So sometimes you have to do these kinds of things to think, ‘Wow, we are good. We are good too, like the other ones.’ And maybe that helps us. That is the target. Of course it’s not going to happen next season the same – it’s impossible.

“But that is the target. You have to try to be more consistent next season. It will be more complicated but for the club, the players, all the departments in the club, the people can believe we are good: Manchester City is a good club.

“That will be good.”

Guardiola believes that lessons can still be learned and the improvement they made from last season shows they can make big strides again next year.

The Man City boss seemed confident of their place in the pecking order after beating Spurs…
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…and West Brom surprisingly became kingmakers at Old Trafford on Sunday
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“The more years you are here, you learn more,” he said. “Last season generally we were not bad but we were not good enough. We didn’t score enough goals and when people arrived to score goals they punished us a lot.

“But the club made an investment on players and that is the difference. We are here and it is only possible because we have these incredible players in terms of mentality and everything I said they tried to follow.

“Today, players are expensive. We learn a little but about what happened last season to get better.”

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