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Manchester City win the title: How pundits, managers, players reacted

17 April 2018, 03:50 | Sandy Nunez

Daniel Sturridge could face United as West Brom vow to 'keep fighting'

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew during his team’s match against Burnley on 31 March. This was his last Premier League match as coach

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday as Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion. Pep Guardiola's side defeated Spurs on Saturday to put the pressure all on Jose Mourinho and his team.

Their squad is crammed full of wonderfully potent performers such as Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, yet the Premier League table, which shows them 16 points behind City, does not lie.

A week after City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to United and squander the chance to wrap up the title in flawless style against their arch-rivals, it was relegation-bound West Brom who served it up on a plate.

West Brom remain nine points adrift of safety with just four games remaining and seem unlikely to stave off relegation, but caretaker boss Darren Moore was pleased with their efforts.

The 47-year-old also took the German title three times with Bayern Munich, but he believes the unique strength in depth and physical demands of the Premier League makes this triumph among his very best.

"So happy to be able to share another trophy with our wonderful fans!" tweeted City's captain Vincent Kompany. Yet, in order to do that, they would have to repeat performances like that one for the best part of the 38 matches.

"Eight titles are eight titles and three Premier Leagues are three Premier Leagues".

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The match had looked on course to end in a stalmate, with top-drawer saves from David De Gea and Ben Foster the highlights before Rodriguez's goal from a corner handed a third Premier League crown to City.

"We must keep the focus, 100 percent".

"I'm proud for players and staff and way they have acquitted themselves today".

"I trust in my work".

I don't think we deserved to lose, but we gave the opportunity to win the match. I have seen many teams win it as champions for the whole season, and it's the first case for us.

Daniel Sturridge, Nacer Chadli and Sam Field could all be back in contention for West Brom. They have dropped a league-high 26 points from winning positions this season. And for £3 million, it would surely be hard for any team in the top flight to argue that he would not be a smart signing in an era that sees some fringe players move for 10 times that amount.



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