Manchester City after a very tough match on Sunday, won the Premier League title and lifted home the trophy. City’s boss, Pep Guardiola, after the title win, showered praises on his coaching staff for their hardwork and achievement but forewarned them about next season’s Premier league, stating that it will be ‘tougher’ and urging them to prepare better.
The warning and praises all came in at a post-match news conference where he iterated the need for more training and preparedness in other to avert laxity and promote resilience, as other teams will be motivated to beat them in the next team and claim the trophy should they get a chance at it.
On that note, Guardiola said: “The game showed me how difficult everything is. It looks easy when you’ve won a lot of games – it’s so tough, and next season will be tougher because the opponents want to beat you.
“Maybe we will be a little bit relaxed – and you have to be focused if you want to maintain what we have done this season. Help us to understand, this game for example, how difficult it will be next season. Sport is like this, it’s so complicated.” He added.
“It looks easy when you’ve won a lot of games – it’s so tough and next season will be tougher because the opponents want to beat you, maybe we will be a little bit relaxed and you have to be focused if you want to maintain what we have done this season.
In the spirit of celebration, Guardiola was lifted above shoulder level and thrown into the air by his players. The euphoria of the heated moment should be a familiar experience for the 47-year-old manager who has won seven League titles with his former teams, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Man City.
Vincent Kompany, City’s captain, who lifted the trophy was surrounded by coaching staff and fellow players, with thousands of fans and supporters watching from the stands and cheering in the sensational moment as well.
Owing to City’s inability to break the ice with any point at all in the 0-0 draw against Huddersfield, the Premier League champions will have to wait until Wednesday’s clash against Brighton to break the Premier League record set by Chelsea, and probably set a new record for most wins, goals and points in one season.
“Here we had time to accept the reality. We won two, three weeks ago. We were surprised how good we maintained our focus. Today for many a reason, we were not able. We have to try to make the last effort.” Said Guardiola who is anticipating the best possible outcome in his next match.