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Pep Guardiola reveals key match in Premier League title win

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was confident of landing the Premier League title when the Citizens beat reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he was confident of landing the 2017-18 Premier League title when the Citizens beat reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in September.

City were confirmed as Premier League champions on Sunday courtesy of second-placed Manchester United's shock 1-0 home defeat to the league's basement club West Bromwich Albion.

Guardiola has claimed that his team's 1-0 win at Chelsea on September 30 'gave them the confidence' that they would be able to finish top of the pile come the end of the season.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss also said that City will be looking to become even "more consistent" next season as they attempt to defend their title.

"I think winning at Stamford Bridge gave us the confidence that we could do it. Because last season against other contenders we were not so good. We won few games," Guardiola told reporters. "Winning at Stamford Bridge gave us a feeling of, 'OK, against the last champions, we are able to come here and play.'

"But in general we were so, so stable. And OK, Sergio [Aguero] is a genius, a top player about 30 years old but the other guys are 20, 21 years old, so we won with guys so young. Playing in the Champions League at that age, sometimes it is complicated. But maybe it will be a lesson for the future for them and next season.

"Now we have to try [to get better]. If you read what the people say this week we have to improve. But you cannot deny that we were good this season. Every single day. To make 18 games in a row winning you have to be mentally strong. That is important to build up the club. It is important to believe because Manchester City is not like United or Chelsea or Arsenal – you know, the big clubs in England who have a big history behind them.

"You have to try to be more consistent next season. It will be more complicated but for the club, the players, all the departments in the club, the people can believe we are good: Manchester City is a good club."

City's first match as confirmed champions will be at home to relegation-threatened Swansea City this weekend.

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2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
5Arsenal86021910918
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
9Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82
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4Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
5Arsenal86021910918
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
9Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82
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