Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he knew that his side could win the Premier League title on 30 September after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Citizens have only faced two Premier League defeats against Liverpool and local rivals Manchester United.

And former Barcelona boss, who also won the Carabao Cup this season, has claimed in September he was sure that his side will be crowned the Premier League champions.

“I think winning at Stamford Bridge gave us the confidence that we could do it. Because last season against other contenders we were not so good. We won few games,” Guardiola said.

“Winning at Stamford Bridge gave us a feeling of, ‘OK, against the last champions, we are able to come here and play.’”

“But in general we were so, so stable. And OK, Sergio [Aguero] is a genius, a top player about 30 years old. But the other guys are 20, 21 years old, so we won with guys so young.”

“Playing in the Champions League at that age, sometimes it is complicated. But maybe it will be a lesson for the future for them and next season.”

“Now we have to try [to get better]. If you read what the people say this week we have to improve. But you cannot deny that we were good this season. Every single day.”

“To make 18 games in a row winning you have to be mentally strong.

“That is important to build up the club. It is important to believe because Manchester City is not like United or Chelsea or Arsenal – you know, the big clubs in England who have a big history behind them.”

“So sometimes you have to do these kinds of things to think, ‘Wow, we are good. We are good too, like the other ones.’ And maybe that helps us. That is the target. Of course, it’s not going to happen next season the same – it’s impossible.”

Guardiola’s side were crowned the English Premier League champions on Sunday following Man United’s 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

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