Thousands line parade route as Manchester City celebrate Premier League title success

Thousands line parade route as Manchester City celebrate Premier League title success

Thousands line parade route as Manchester City celebrate Premier League title success

Pep Guardiola leapt on to the field jubilantly to join the celebrations in the knowledge his team had become the first in English top-flight history to reach 100 points in a single campaign.

It didn't quite match the drama of Sergio Aguero's now fabled last gasp victor on the final day of the season six years ago, but Gabriel Jesus' victor against Southampton on Sunday put the finishing touches on Manchester City's remarkable Premier League season.

"It is not going to be forgotten for a long time", he said.

A big summer now arrives for the Saints with a permanent managerial appointment, player outgoings and signings all sure to be witnessed before August. The numbers are always consequences of what we have done in terms of the way we play, our mentality.

Every player bar Sergio Aguero and Silva was presented to the sea of blue watching on in Deansgate, the former recovering from his knee injury in Argentina - and the latter travelling back home to spend time with his six-month old son, Mateo.

Perhaps the club most attuned to the riddle that the Premiership title defence is, has been Chelsea, who held the record for most points (95 points in 2004-05) and most wins (30 wins in 2016-17) before Manchester City shattered the records.

Two points from their last seven matches, including five straight defeats, condemned Swansea to relegation just when it appeared they had gained a stay of execution.

Instead, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka set a new Premier League record with 3,117 attempted passes.

"All of the competitions, but for me the Champions League is without a doubt a very special competition for us, and it is my dream to win it in Manchester City's shirt!" he added.

"But for us our big moments of the season when we were in November, December and we were real contenders for the Champions League, but that was because we were doing so well [in the league]".

"To be out of the Champions League and win the Premier League again, I'd sign for it now".

"What can I say?"

"I see a bright future for my successor because the team has a good attitude and quality." said the Frenchman.

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