MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrated Monday — smoking a cigar — the fourth title his team has won in five seasons in the English Premier League, after the club paraded through streets.
Three open-top buses, with the players and staff on board, made a short tour of central Manchester after starting at the National Football Museum.
The parade came a day after City added another incredible historic comeback to their record of glory after scoring three goals in just five minutes to beat Aston Villa 3-2 to clinch the title by beating Liverpool by a single point.
“That was the plan, 0-2, calm down, calm down,” Guardiola said with a smile. “And after we scored the night was great. Everyone knows that what happened is an incredible achievement. This is the most difficult league, we have four in the six seasons since we arrived. Happiness on all faces is the greatest reward we can receive.”
İlkay Gündoğan scored two late goals one before Rodri’s equaliser, which ultimately meant victory for City.
“It was definitely a difficult moment,” Guardiola said.
“The players showed themselves on the pitch again, it was an incredible comeback. There was a lot of tension last month after the loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League and quite a few tough games.
“We never give up and we should be proud of the group,” he added.
Goaltender Ederson sprayed some fans strapped to lamp posts with a bottle. Jack Grealish bought the fans a drink if they wanted to meet him later in town.
Kevin De Bruyne was not alone either, he was wearing dark sports glasses, and he admitted to being a “little drunk”.
The celebration was also a farewell party for club captain Fernandinho, who will return to his native Brazil this summer after nine seasons and 12 trophies with the club.
“When I first came here and met some people from the city they said: ‘Listen, we want you to be one of the leaders, we want you to be a champion,’” said Fernandinho, 37. “When I look back, all the titles we’ve won are really important.”