Pep Guardiola saluted his champions-elect for an “outstanding season” after they edged ever closer to the title.
Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling secured a 3-1 win at Tottenham and ensured the Premier League crown will be City’s in less than 24 hours if Manchester United lose to West Brom on Sunday.
Otherwise City have the chance to clinch the title at home by beating Swansea next Sunday.
Guardiola’s side arrived at Wembley on the back of three successive defeats, which saw them dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool and miss the chance to seal the Premier League title by beating United.
“You cannot imagine,” Guardiola said. “It is every three days for our side and everybody else. It is the most difficult thing. The Champions League is seven games and, one bad game, you are out. In the league every game you have to stay there.
“It would be one of the best three seasons I have ever had as a player and as a manager. The amount of goals, chances and points, to do that in the Premier League, with the contenders we have, is because the players are so good.
“It was a good test, especially after what happened last week. The performance was outstanding. We have 87 points and there are five games left. It is because we have been outstanding.
“People say it was a big failure last week. The league is everything. The team was so good for nine months. It was not realistic in the beginning, what they have done. They deserve all my respect.
“You can win the Champions League in seven games, the league is 10 months. I’m sorry, it’s much more important what these guys have done this season.
“Hopefully we can celebrate with our fans against Swansea and be champions because they deserve it.”
The post Guardiola: PL ‘more important’ to win than Champions League appeared first on Football365.