But on April 15, 2018, Guardiola won his seventh league title in his last nine seasons as a manager when Manchester United, a week after beating their rivals at the Etihad lost at Old Trafford to the league's bottom side, West Brom.
"Now we have to try [to get better]".
You don't hear that often with other managers; when they talk about defending, they talk about shape, how you set up the line, how high you defend.
Vincent Kompany delivered an emotionally charged speech to Manchester City fans and players after the club's title triumph. After 33 rounds of matches, Pep Guardiola-coached Man City have 87 points, while Man United have 71 points.
The style of football played by City has also made this title win special, as they've swept aside so many opponents with their possession-based attacking philosophy.
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"It's incredible the way we played and I am so glad to be here and be part of this club", he said on the club's website.
Guardiola showed his ruthless streak after a disappointing first campaign in charge, snapping up goalkeeper Ederson for €35 million within three weeks of the end of the season.
By winning their third title in seven seasons since first being backed by the petro-dollars of Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Mansour, Manchester City can justifiably claim to be the outstanding Premier League club of the current decade.
City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: "Winning the Premier League again is a great honour for Manchester City".
But this Manchester City do not do things half-heartedly; it is consistently devastating and it is no wonder they remain hungry to make history despite the remaining five games merely a formality.
It went some way to atoning for a disappointing 10 days and they passed a tough test at Wembley after a horror week which saw them lose to United and crash out of the Champions League to Liverpool.
And it was achieved by playing a brand of football that has had the purists purring all season with City racking up 93 goals so far and on course to top the 100-point barrier. "We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated". You need consistency at every level.
'I'd like to stay humble, it's not a dynasty, it's just one title.