Manchester City Crowned Premier League Champions

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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.

Manchester United (second place; 71 points) is just a point above Liverpool with two games in hand.

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has explained that the demands of playing for Manchester United did not fit in with his commitments to his young family. At last, Manchester City's players can enjoy a serene Premier League title triumph.

Pep Guardiola's side are expected to lift the Premier League trophy and be given their winners medals in their final home game of the season against Huddersfield Town on May 6.

Former England worldwide Gary Lineker, who now work as a television presenter, tweeted: "Congratulations to @ManCity on winning the Premier League title".

He is the first Spanish manager to win the Premier League title - a prize he says is the hardest to claim in Europe.

And it was achieved by playing a brand of football that has had the purists purring all season with City racking up 93 goals so far and on course to top the 100-point barrier.

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"I think we were deservedly punished because we were masters in complication". "We have spent a lot of money to have these awesome players, to make that possible".

Manchester United have the edge over West Brom when it comes to head-to-head record, winning 56 of their 131 meetings in all competitions, while the Baggies have won 43 and there have been 32 draws. Now the question will be can they retain it next season?

"As soon as the game is finished on a Saturday it's back to the family, and that's what's most important to me".

United had prevented City from winning the title last weekend with a stirring comeback, but an unlikely defeat to the Baggies inadvertently secured a third Premier League title for their cross-city rivals.

Asked if he would be watching United play West Brom, the Spaniard told Sky Sports, "No [I won't watch], I have golf game tomorrow".

A 3-1 victory over Spurs on Saturday saw the Citizens put themselves in pole position to bounce back from three defeats in 10 days in the best way possible, and United's loss sealed the deal on Sunday afternoon.

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