Mourinho: 'We were deservedly punished. We were masters in complication'

Pep Guardiola's Man City are building towards a dynasty and are a glamorous lure for players

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City finally clinched a third Premier League title on Sunday after West Bromwich Albion's shocking 1-0 win at Manchester United.

You could see the attitudes of some players, masters of complication. Everything was complicated. Players didn't want to or didn't play simple.

He told reporters after the game, "In the first-half, I felt I had to bring one player with more dynamic and a player that runs more and has more touches of the ball".

'I don't think we deserved to lose but not to win this match, we deserved that punishment for sure.

16 - With their victory at Wembley - and United's loss to West Brom - City are 16 points clear at the top and chasing down the Premier League's largest title-winning margin of 18, which was set by the Red Devils in 1999-00. "I saw lots of people over the moon because we won against City".

'City won the title because they won more points than anybody else, because they won at Tottenham on Saturday and because they only lost two matches.

A week after City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to United and squander the chance to wrap up the title in flawless style against their arch-rivals, it was relegation-bound West Brom who served it up on a plate.

He won three league titles with Barcelona and twice lifted the Champions League trophy during his Camp Nou reign.

City have long been in the shadow of rivals United but now have the platform to create history
City have long been in the shadow of rivals United but now have the platform to create history

West Brom's former United keeper Ben Foster dealt with the few real efforts that came from the home attack - keeping out a close-range strike from Romelu Lukaku in the 19th minute and then a header from the Belgian in the 66th.

"I think United will win". I know how to win.

"I congratulate them", Mourinho said.

"The mental level, the day by day, everything must be consistent until the last day so one of the things we have to improve is consistency", he said. They only lost two games.

Bournemouth have just one victory in their last eight league matches (1-4-3) but have been a tough out at Dean Court, taking points in eight of their last nine at home (4-4-1) in all competitions.

United's comeback win at the Etihad only delayed City's title party by a week, and Mourinho claimed that he could "smell" the change in mood among his squad during the week.

In his second season in charge, Guardiola, aided by the vast financial backing of City's Abu Dhabi-based owners, has created a sublime team that helped him become the first Spanish coach to win the English top-flight title.

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