Vincent Kompany, John Stones and teammates celebrate title win in Manchester bar

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It is City's fifth English top-flight title, their last Premier League triumph having come in the 2013-14 season.

Silva has been a key figure for City for much of the season, putting in some inspirational performances that have seen him nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

After opening their campaign with three successive wins, City then made a serious statement with this thrashing of one of their chief rivals.

What would have been most disappointing for the Old Trafford outfit is the fact that it was them that handed their "noisy neighbours" the title instead of making them wait even longer for it.

That was the opinion of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, after the England winger was named the Man of the Match in City's 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Thierry Henry, for Arsenal in 2002-03, is the only player to reach 20 assists in a Premier League season.

Failing to secure the title against Manchester United would have been damaging for morale, and undoubtedly was a missed opportunity to give their fans a special day, but in the bigger picture was of little effect - and a rotated first eleven, missing their player of the season, reflected that.

The defeat put United's second spot position in danger, as their advantage over third-placed Liverpool was reduced to just one point. Or is this City side better than them all?

Guardiola's players will focus on those targets once they have recovered from a boisterous evening of celebrations in Manchester. They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points. Chelsea won the League Cup too and were also strong in Europe, knocking Barcelona and Bayern Munich out before exiting to eventual winners Liverpool in the semi-finals thanks to Luis Garcia's "ghost goal".

He was particularly wasteful against United last weekend when missing two one-on-ones, which proved costly as City squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.

But to the surprise of many football pundits and lovers, Manchester United were beaten at home as Manchester City dethroned Chelsea as EPL Champions.

"I'm not going to stand here and say we didn't deserve what happened", he added.

"You can't take it for granted", he told Sky Sports on Sunday.

"Today was a day for the Blues - there have been many days for the Reds before, and ultimately it's banter".

"I may be the first one thinking about next season". That gave us [confidence], against the last champions we are able to go there and played the way we played.