Manchester City win the title: How pundits, managers, players reacted
- Author: Michelle Webb Apr 16, 2018,
Apr 16, 2018, 1:43
José Mourinho said he could "smell" a bad performance coming from Manchester United after the 1-0 defeat by bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion that confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions and left him questioning his players' attitude. "City won the title because they won more points than everyone else, not tell City they won title because United did not win, it is not fair on them".
A stirring comeback against Pep Guardiola's men last weekend prevented United's neighbours from winning the title and Mourinho suggested that dramatic result created complacency in his side.
Jay Rodriguez's second-half victor meant City securing the league title with five games to spare.
Only time will tell how good this City team is, and whether they are the best we have ever seen in the Premier League, but one thing that can not be denied is that they are the best we have right now - and by some distance.
"I trust in my work, that is for sure - I have no reason not to trust", he said.
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Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry on Sky Sports: They deserve to be champions, I am sure they would have liked to do it against Swansea but now they can play against Swansea with a happier smile on their face because they all know they're champions and they deserve it.
"Eight titles are eight titles and three Premier Leagues are three Premier Leagues. One of the things we have to improve is consistency". You don't win titles with inconsistency.
5 - City match the English top-flight record by claiming the title with five games to spare, equalling the efforts of United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85).
Even after Herrera was replaced by Jesse Lingard at half-time, there was not a lot asked of West Brom keeper Ben Foster.
Nemanja Matic panicked at the delivery of a Chris Brunt corner and he knocked the ball back inside to Rodriguez, who could not miss from three yards out. We didn't create enough chances to score and West Brom were fighting for survival.