Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan insists every Premier League title has been special but admits it was nice to win this season’s ‘in front of the TV’.
City were confirmed as Premier League champions on Saturday evening, with Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest leaving them unable to close what was a four-point gap. Pep Guardiola and his squad watched the game together from their training complex before beating Chelsea on Sunday with the pressure off.
It was a far cry from last season’s drama, with Gundogan at the centre of a late final-day comeback. The Blues were 2-0 down at home to Aston Villa before a brace from the German either side of Rodri’s goal completed a five-minute turnaround.
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Gundogan, who has been part of the City squad for their last five league triumphs, insists every trophy has been special but enjoyed the lack of last-minute drama.
“Every single run-in brings different experiences and different attitudes that you have to bring on the pitch,” Gundogan told club media. “This one is different than last year because last year was such a drama. This year we have won it in front of the TV.
“What is similar is that each one feels special. In January and February, it’s not the time to think about it – especially with having the World Cup in December.
“There were still so many games to play. The main thing we were thinking about was the way we were playing and the results we were getting. That’s what we cared about.
“We had a few downs throughout the season but it’s another experience. We knew we had to stay calm, stay patient and we had to get results and that’s exactly what we did.”