Manchester City's Title Triumph: Five Key Players

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

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.

"They won because they were the best team, they lost only a few points".

Relegation-bound West Brom are unchanged following the 1-1 draw with Swansea City. It means we can now focus exclusively on the breathtaking football, the power and vision of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling's development, Leroy Sane's unstoppable surges down the left, Kyle Walker's dominance of the right flank and Guardiola's determination to win his way.

It is the second earliest date that the Premier League title has been sealed and City could still set several records before the end of an impressive campaign.

Manchester United have named their side and substitutes to welcome West Brom to Old Trafford for a Premier League fixture this afternoon.

The Baggies are sitting at the base of the English Premier League table standings and will find it hard to stop a Manchester United side that is pushing to finish second in the league this year.

Inevitably, it will be the failures of this City team that will irritate Guardiola and his players, at the same time offering the critics the opportunity to find fault.

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. Whereas last week they spent the second 45 minutes pulling Manchester City this way and that, seven days on they appeared clueless as to how to breach a far weaker defence.

When the pressure was really on, City delivered, but the same could not be said of their rivals.

Jose Mourinho has revealed he knew his players were going to beaten by West Brom after a week of ill-disciplined training.

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.

"I saw lots of people [over] the moon because we won against City".

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