Man City crowned 2017-18 Premier League champions

Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion and teammate Ahmed El Sayed Hegazi look dejected afterthe Premier League match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion at Bet365 Stadium on December

In the end, none of them needed to do anything for Manchester City to be crowned Premier League champion.

The 2016-17 Blues vintage only failed to take three points on nine occasions, but it appears something of a formality that Guardiola's men will break the record as their remaining games are against Swansea City, West Ham, Huddersfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton.

The Red Devils came into this match off the back of five successive league victories - including last weekend's epic 3-2 win over City at the Etihad Stadium - but they were poor from start to finish against the Baggies.

Jose Mourinho said: "It was a bad reaction after the City victory, the outcome of that is complicated football".

Over £12m was traded on the 2017/18 Premier League Winner market, but with City effectively running away with the title - eventually winning it with five games remaining - no team other then the winners traded at odds-on, or even notably shorter than their pre-season odds. "We were a complicated team and let them feel comfortable".

On April 7, City played United and leading 2-0 at halftime had looked on course to claim the title.

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Jose Mourinho's men should have had a first-half penalty after Craig Dawson caught Ander Herrera, but complacency seeped in and the Baggies showed fight under caretaker boss Darren Moore that has been sorely lacking this season.

Fast-forward to Sunday April 15, 2018 and Guardiola's City side has achieved a domestic double, adding the Premier League to the League Cup they won in February. I have seen many teams win it as champions for the whole season, and it's the first case for us.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne on Twitter: Unbelievable season for us. I know how to win. I was unfortunate enough to play against that quality United side that dominated in the '90s, but this side would have beaten them - that's how good they are.

Jay Rodriguez has scored three goals in his past four Premier League appearances - as many as he did in his previous 26 combined.

"If we focus all of our energy into the next match, I'm sure it'll look after itself".

Photo Pep Guardiola has guided Manchester City to its third title in seven seasons.

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