West Brom's caretaker manager Darren Moore spoke to reporters after his side's superb 1-0 win against Manchester United yesterday, and disagreed with Jose Mourinho's claim that the visitor's only real threat was from set plays, as quoted by the Express & Star.
City's supporters are now discovering that winning the title without even playing, courtesy of West Bromwich Albion's unexpected 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday, does nothing to diminish the joy of planting your flag at the summit while the rest look on enviously below you.
"You can't take (winning the league) for granted, I've won three now but there's so many we've missed", he said. It's a penalty and nothing else but I think we deserved to be punished.
A week after City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 2-3 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.
However, Ben Foster is probably one of the players that will play in Premier League next season.
With five games to go City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, have 87 points to the 71 of second-placed United.
"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", said Mourinho. I'm sorry, it's much more important what these guys have done this season.
It is City's third title in seven seasons and their first since former boss Manuel Pellegrini achieved the feat in 2013-14.
"But my teammates might roll their eyes when I say this".
They won it in the last remaining seconds in 2012, and in the final match in 2014.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have title experience in their squad despite Antonio Conte's side experiencing a hard campaign. You win, of course, with quality, but with consistency in every level, not just the performance level but also the mental level.
They have scored 93 goals and lost only twice all season.
Despite Guardiola's men having a 16-point gap at the top of the table, though, Mourinho believes six teams should realistically be challenging for the title. "All the lads have done so well and it feels great to be part of this really special group of players", City defender Kyle Walker said. I win titles. My last Premier League title was not 20 years ago, it was three years ago.