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Title more important than records - Guardiola

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Yaya Toure has spent eight seasons at Manchester City after arriving from Barcelona in 2010. Nigel Roddis  EPA

Yesterday, after the smoke and pyrotechnics cleared after the presentation of the trophy, Wagner had edged his club to the brink of another startling achievement and the prospect of a second successive year in the top flight, despite operating with the division's lowest budget by some distance.

"We are delighted with what we have done and the way we have done it", Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 live.

It was the first time his side had failed to score in the Premier League at home this season but City still have two matches left to reach 100 points and in the process better Chelsea's record haul of 96.

"England is special. It is so tough, today we saw it".

Pep Guardiola's side had been confirmed as champions on April 15, when rivals Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at the hands of West Brom, but they had to wait until after their penultimate home game of the season to celebrate properly.

"I said many times we were not ready to win all the titles, but we made a step forward compared to last season".

A resurgent Chelsea sealed a fifth successive victory when Olivier Giroud headed in the only goal against Liverpool, which has only one win in five league games.

The two players combined again in the 20th minute when Hadergjonaj passed infield to Pritchard who sent a dipping, swerving effort towards goal.

Stones is among a cluster of first-time champions at City and the former Everton and Barnsley defender believes Pep Guardiola deserves huge credit for leading the club to a terrific triumph.

However, whilst the Emirates was meant to give Arsenal the financial resources in the long term to compete with not just England's, but Europe's elite, it significantly hampered Wenger's ability to challenge in the short term.

Manchester City recently announced that Yaya Touré will be leaving the club at the end of this season. "We have to understand how hard it will be next season". We won two, three weeks ago.

The City boss said: "The game showed me how hard everything is".

Huddersfield's players did likewise when the two teams emerged at the start, but a team still in grave danger of relegation were not about to stand on ceremony more than that.

But first the Reds have to ensure they feature in next season's Champions League.

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