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Montage: A Blue Monday for United as City are crowned champions

16 Avril 2018

It remains to be seen how successful the sales of the new merchandise will be, but the club is growing financially and posted record revenues of £473.4 million in 2016-17, with its commercial arm - which includes retail, sponsorship and other pursuits - growing year-on-year revenue by 23%, to £218 million. "Our City. Premier League Champions 17/18". We won few games. The fifth title comes in the same manner as that first in 1937 - the rest were all clinched on the final day of the campaign. And why can't he dominate this league playing the way he plays?

The Etihad Stadium club were confirmed as champions on Sunday after Manchester United suffered a shock loss to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford. After the weekend's fixtures, Chelsea sit a remarkable 27 points behind Guardiola's side.

Kompany, whose return to regular fitness has been a key factor in City's success this season, said there could be no talk of domination after they won a first league title since 2014.

This is the deafening level of dominance that the team once famously derided as "noisy neighbours" by Ferguson will now be out to cement after what could still end up as an unprecedented 100-goal, 100-point season. The streak began with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on August 26, and ended with a 1-0 win over Newcastle on December 27, before drawing Crystal Palace 0-0 on December 31. "Wonderful goal from Rodriguez - thank you!"

But that should improve with Guardiola, who has a glowing track record of winning, especially league titles.

Though CIty were always favourites to romp away with the title this season, despite a horrendous last 10 days in which they were beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League semifinal, they quickly got back on track in Saturday's League match by outplaying Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley. Having two natural playmakers in the same midfield has made City nearly impossible to stop in the same way Guardiola harnessed the brilliant best from Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in a glorious four-year spell at Barcelona from 2008 to 2012.

It has also since emerged that Kompany witnessed his team's crowning moment at his wife's family home on Sunday evening surrounded by Manchester United-supporting folk. It was the cut-adrift against the best-of-the-rest.

Mourinho suggested he had already congratulated his rivals in advance.

City have been there and done it, when they snatched the title from United's hands with Aguero's late victor in the 3-2 victory over QPR in 2012.

Five wins from five would give them 103 points - eclipsing Chelsea's record of 95 back in the 2004/05 season.

A serial victor as a manager with Barcelona and Bayern, Guardiola ended his first year in England at City without silverware - his only failure to win a trophy since his managerial career started back in 2007. This is utter domination from week one, their team comprehensively better than everybody else in the top flight.

City have scored 93 goals this season.

A Blue Moon is a rare sight - something that encapsulated Manchester City's league-winning existence before 2008.

Montage: A Blue Monday for United as City are crowned champions