Belfast Telegraph

Pep sees tough test ahead

Manchester City 0 Huddersfield 0

By Liam Blackburn

Manchester City lifted the Premier League trophy yesterday, but boss Pep Guardiola warned their status as champions will make next season more difficult.

City had already been confirmed as champions last month and yesterday was supposed to be the day they added exclamation marks, with three Premier League records in their sights.

Yet a 0-0 home draw with Huddersfield meant Guardiola's side were unable to set new benchmarks for the most points, goals and wins in history.

Guardiola stressed this stalemate was an indication of how challenging it will be to defend their crown. "The game showed me how difficult everything is," said Guardiola

"Sometimes people expect, 'Oh, it's so easy'. Huddersfield come here, play defensively, almost perfect, a lot of credit for what they have done.

"It looks easy when you've won a lot of games - it's so tough and next season will be tougher because the opponents want to beat you, maybe we will be a little bit relaxed and you have to be focused if you want to maintain what we have done this season.

"Help us to understand, this game for example, how difficult it will be next season. Sport is like this, it's so complicated."

Such has been City's dominance over the season, the title has been a foregone conclusion for months and it was even confirmed without them playing thanks to West Brom's win at Manchester United.

Guardiola's side had beaten Swansea 5-0 and West Ham 4-1 since and though they were below-par against the Terriers, they will still reach the 100-point mark with two final victories.

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