Man City captain's rousing speech after Premier League title win

Man City captain's rousing speech after Premier League title win

Five straight failures, at Bayern and City, are starting to eat away at him and he recently acknowledged that his teams' tendency to collapse under pressure was a worry.

That surge carried them clear in the English top-flight, while also making positive progress in the Carabao Cup and Champions League.

"I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against City". And that is what will likely make them live on in history.

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Vincent Kompany delivered an emotionally charged speech to Manchester City fans and players after the club's title triumph. Nobody has successfully replicated it and for several reasons.

Guardiola and his players will have the chance to celebrate properly on Sunday when they host Swansea in their next fixture.

Another huge factor is the environment and, in that sense, Man City was a true sweet spot.

Guardiola's response was to spend a club record £57 million (US$80.3 million, RM315 million) on Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in January, taking his spending to an eye-watering £448 million on 16 players since arriving.

It has been an outstanding campaign for Guardiola's side, who have not only dominated the competition but done so by playing attractive, attacking football. Instead, some players had even left the country after being given a couple of days off by Guardiola.

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But most other times City took to the field, it was only ever a question of whether the opposition could contain them.

"Retaining a title is the next step and City were not in the right state of mind", said United's former boss Alex Ferguson after retiring in 2013, having won the title back from City. In December 2016, at a Leicester side just above the relegation zone, they went four goals behind en route to a 4-2 loss.

After their limp Champions League exit against Liverpool, a City collapse against Tottenham would have had the critics carping that Guardiola has no Plan B when things go wrong.

It didn't end there. But it didn't take long for the Irishman to realize that he would be dispensable in the new era at the club.

'But with what Salah did in those two ties, scoring his goals and pulling his team through to the semi-final, he would now be my pick.

"I'm probably the first one to think about next season".

Of course, the other factor was resources.

Somehow, Silva's performance never dropped all season.