Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Tuesday night after arch-rivals Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City.
This is Pep Guardiola‘s third Premier League title at Manchester City and the club’s fifth in total.
Former City defender and TV Pundit Micah Richards has discussed the great season that the Citizens have had, starting from the end of the 2019/20 season, when the team had to give Liverpool a guard of honour last July.
“When you have been a champion, to see someone else celebrating with ‘your’ trophy feels like a punch in the stomach,” Richards wrote for the Daily Mail.
“I could see how much it had hurt City‘s players when they had to give Liverpool a guard of honour at the Etihad Stadium last July.
“They would have felt almost humiliated having to do that. I remember seeing Bernardo Silva reluctant to shake hands that night and the expression written all over his face was clear: we cannot let this happen again.”
It hasn’t all been roses for City this season
City went through a difficult stage of the season and there was a moment in November when they were in eighth place in the league, with Tottenham Hotspur top of the pile.
“There was a point in November when Tottenham had gone top of the league and people began saying that it could be Jose Mourinho’s year, especially after they had beaten City 2-0, but I always believed that it would be foolish to write off City,” Richards continued.
One of the main reasons that Manchester City have been crowned champions is the fact that they went on a 15-match winning in the Premier League, while they have also tightened up at the back.
“Everything changed once they began keeping clean sheets. I never lost faith that John Stones would recapture his best form and the partnership he has formed with Ruben Dias has been the bedrock on which this successful challenge was formed,” Richards noted.
Richards also had nothing but praise for City boss Pep Guardiola.
“Guardiola has been absolutely exceptional, and if the players have shown their mental strength, so has Guardiola,” he wrote.
“We must not forget that he lost his mother during the pandemic, but he has found the means within himself to keep pushing forward.”