"We were at our best, even if we did change the gameplan and gave them more of the ball". There is nothing to indicate that Guardiola or the team that he has assembled will be loosening their grip on the Premier League trophy any time soon. We've been updating these rankings on a rolling basis since last August, but this is the final, crystalised cut.
"OK, we are 25 points in front so it's hard to say he was hard [to play against] in the end - but he was because they beat us".
Asked if he was desperate to win the Champions League again soon, Guardiola said: "Desperate is not the right word, for Barcelona the first they won it was in 1992".
The shot-stopper joined City from Benfica for €40m (R587m) at the start of the campaign and played a key role in the Citizens' phenomenal form in the English top-flight this season. That the Premier League has never been the playing field for any single club is certitude, with as many as five clubs competing for the title in any given season.
The win over Southampton saw City reach the 100-point mark for the season, becoming the first team in Premier League history to reach that benchmark.
The 24-year-old Brazilian has been outstanding for the 100 point champions following his £35 million arrival last summer from Benfica.
But this was also the season when City's goal difference was about three times the number of goals scored by Huddersfield (28), and when the runaway champions frequently came across opponents who were in damage-limitation mode from kickoff.
In 37 matches, de Bruyne has collected 16 assists whilst scoring eight goals, ultimately helping Manchester City easily secure the Premier League title.
The Premier League Manager of the Season poll also went Guardiola's way, with that decision taken by a panel of experts which includes sponsors, journalists and former players and managers.
Went on loan to Sheffield Town and then Ipswich Town, where he played regularly at center back.