Guardiola: Not a disaster if City do not win Champions League

Pep Guardiola admits those that consider Manchester City received the Premier League as a result of they spent some huge cash are "proper" as he revealed that the champions' current summer season switch sprees are over for now.

Manchester City's triumphant Premier League winners turned Manchester blue yesterday as they took their victory parade around the city centre last night. The points tally was also the best of Guardiola's managerial career, beating his previous total of 98 points doing his time with Barcelona.

And some players prevailed more than the others, as we count down our list of top three players in the Premier League this season.

One of the positions that Guardiola will be looking to strengthen is in the middle of the park, with Yaya Toure preparing to leave City after eight trophy-laden years.

When things went sour for Laudrup and he was sacked early in 2014, club stalwart Garry Monk took over, first as caretaker manager, then on a full-time basis.

A state-of-the-art new 62 000 capacity stadium awaits Tottenham next season, but there isn't much time to settle in with the pressure on to turn four years of progress under Mauricio Pochettino into silverware.

In his place, though, is another capable goalkeeper who could be going to the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next month. Jack Butland may have been relegated with Stoke City, but he was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

"I don't usually win awards because it's the fellow managers who vote for it", Guardiola added. Both Liverpool and Salah will be expected to have strong campaigns next season.

A last-minute victor from Gabriel Jesus against Southampton on Sunday saw the champions become the first team ever to reach three figures for points in a single 38-game campaign in the competition. When I was a little boy I always say England was a little bit like a paradise.

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.

"Now is the time to enjoy what we´ve done this season", he said.

  • Steve Townsend