Kyle Walker admits Manchester City's nightmare 10 days felt like club were in a relegation battle

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Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne are 2017/18 Premier League champions.

New Premier League champion Kyle Walker admits it felt like Manchester City were in a relegation battle during their nightmare 10 days.

City lost three successive games in which they were dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool and missed out on the chance to seal title glory against rivals Manchester United.

They eventually got the job done this weekend, though, as a scintillating 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday put the champagne on ice and the corks were popped less than 24 hours later when Manchester United surprisingly lost at home to West Brom on Sunday.

To come through the other side of a tough week in such fashion was a big tick for City, who won at Wembley thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling.

The full-back said: “That’s the most pleasing thing about it. We’ve had probably the toughest period, definitely in my career at the club.

“We’ve gone from doing so well in all competitions to take three losses, and sometimes it felt like it was a relegation battle in there with the mood.

“We’re all winners and we want to win and in those games unfortunately we didn’t. But we put that right.

“That shows the character and the belief in the standard of players in the dressing room.”

A miserable week for Walker and Man City is forgotten now.

A miserable week for Walker and Man City is forgotten now.

City have unquestionably been the best team in England but their status has been undermined by their Champions League exit.

And while Walker admits to wanting Liverpool to win the competition, he is gutted City will not get the chance.

“I’m not going to stand here and say we didn’t deserve what happened,” he added.

“Liverpool beat us in two games and congratulations to them. I wish them all the success in the Champions League because it would be fantastic for an English club to go and win.

“I’ve got a bitter taste in my mouth that it isn’t us but you have to take your hat off to them. They beat us over the two games and that’s all you can say.”

It was a first return to Walker’s former club since a summer switch to City and he was given an unfavourable reception by the fans, who booed him.

The 27-year-old stands by his decision to leave Spurs, but is still tipping them for a brighter future.

He said: “We won the Carabao Cup and that was a step in the right direction for me but to be competing in the Premier League since I was 19 and to play all the games I played in the Premier League, to not win the Premier League, it was a bit devastating for me not to have won it with Tottenham.

“So to come here and win in my first season, it’s fantastic for me.

“You always say is the grass greener on the other side, and it looks it.

“Whatever you read, I know what really happened. I know the truth behind it and so does the Tottenham boss.

“But I won’t stand here and start slagging people off because that’s not what I’m about.

“I left because it was a time in my career that I needed to move on. And luckily it’s worked out.”

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Man United boss Jose Mourinho pays tributes to new Premier League champions Man City

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho endured a miserable day.

Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Manchester City as they were confirmed as Premier League champions following a Manchester United defeat.

Mourinho’s second-placed United slipped to a shock 1-0 loss to bottom side West Brom on Sunday, a result that put runaway leaders City out of reach.

The United manager said: “I knew that sooner or later that (they) would be (champions) and if I was in their position I would be very upset if somebody said that they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Bromwich Albion.

“They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points. They lost only two matches because they were the best team. That’s the reason why they were champions.”

United delayed City’s title celebrations by winning last week’s derby at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho admitted that victory had a hollow feel.

He said: “Probably because I (have) won eight championships I was not in the moon with the victory against them, because that doesn’t make me feel super happy.”

Mourinho suggested he had already congratulated his rivals in advance.

He said: “I don’t know if I was the first or if I was the second or the third, but I congratulated them face-to-face when I had the chance to do it.”

United produced a subdued performance against the Baggies and were beaten by a 73rd-minute header from Jay Rodriguez.

Mourinho said: “We were masters in complicated football, everything was complicated.

“We couldn’t play fast, we couldn’t think fast, everything was complicated.

“They always had time to organise themselves.

“Probably in our best period, where we were moving the ball better and the team was thinking faster, they scored the goal in the only way they could score a goal, which was in a corner or in a lateral free-kick. After that they closed every door.”

West Brom remain nine points adrift of safety with just four games remaining and seem unlikely to stave off relegation, but caretaker boss Darren Moore was pleased with their efforts.

Moore said: “It was a good performance today and we got our just rewards in the end. We have come up against a very, very good side in Manchester United but everyone stuck to their job and did everything we asked of them.

“In the end, when the ball did break for us, we used it well at times and created chances in open play and then got the goal. It stops the rot.”

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Manchester City crowned champions but Vincent Kompany already wants more

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Vincent Kompany (l) is already thinking about next year.

Vincent Kompany barely let Manchester City‘s Premier League title celebrations begin before setting his side the challenge of making it two in a row next season.

Having missed the chance to land the trophy in last weekend’s Manchester derby, City were crowned on their day off after Jose Mourinho’s United side crashed to a shock defeat at the hands of bottom club West Brom.

While City boss Pep Guardiola said he would be playing golf while the United match took place and a handful of players were reportedly out of the country, captain Kompany was at home watching the drama unfold with his family.

Television cameras captured the moment the Belgian discovered he was a three-time champion but, after an initial burst of excitement, he was focusing on the potential for even more success.

“It’s amazing. The first time you win it, you think you’ll win all of them. Then the first time you lose one, you think you’re never going to win another ever again,” he told Sky Sports.

“You just want to hold on to the feeling. It’s a difficult achievement and I’m proud of the team and everyone involved.

“You can’t take it for granted…before you know it, it’s gone. I have been lucky to win three but so many I have missed as well.

“I suppose my team-mates will roll their eyes a little bit but I kind of want to see what the reaction is now. I have never retained a title so I want to see if this team’s got it to carry on and be even more successful.”

Kompany indicated he spoke with the same voice as Guardiola, who can now lay claim to 24 trophies in a nine-year coaching career which includes triumphant spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“I think we share one thing maybe, the hunger and desire to never be satisfied,” said Kompany.

“This is not a dynasty, it is one title we’ve won. We’re still super happy but there is so much to do before we unlock our full potential.”

After a mixed first season in England, Guardiola faced questions about whether his methods were a good fit for the Premier League. A 16-point lead with five games to play and 93 goals scored represents an emphatic response, not that any doubts ever existed inside the City dressing room.

“We all believed,” said Kompany.

“There was a period of adaptation for him coming into the league and for us taking in his methods.

“They were the right ones and the ones we believed in, I’m sure there are differences to how we play today compared to Bayern (Munich) and Barcelona, we survive and live by the strength of the team.

“One team was dominant in Germany and one had (Lionel) Messi, but we are nothing without the team.”

Guardiola, speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley, declared his own satisfaction at the superb efforts of his squad this term.

“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.

“These guys are fantastic, awesome – they are incredible. This club is absolutely amazing in all terms.”

He added: “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 (next weekend) and be champions because they deserve it.”

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