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Tuesday 21 August 2018

City have been the best says Jose

Kompany insists it is all about the team

STUNNER: Jay
Rodriguez of
West Brom
celebrates after
scoring the
winner against
Manchester
United at Old
Trafford Photo: Getty
STUNNER: Jay Rodriguez of West Brom celebrates after scoring the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford Photo: Getty

Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Manchester City as they were confirmed as Premier League champions following a Manchester United defeat.

Mourinho's second-placed United slipped to a shock 1-0 loss to bottom side West Brom yesterday, a result that put runaway leaders City out of reach.

The United manager said: "I knew that sooner or later they would be champions and if I was in their position I would be very upset if somebody said that they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Bromwich Albion.

"They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points.

"They lost only two matches because they were the best team. That's the reason why they were champions."

Manchester City fans with flags celebrate as Manchester City win the premier league (PA)
Manchester City fans with flags celebrate as Manchester City win the premier league (PA)

United delayed City's title celebrations by winning last week's derby at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho admitted that victory had a hollow feel.

Congratulated

He said: "Probably because I have won eight championships I was not over the moon with the victory against them, because that doesn't make me feel super happy."

Mourinho suggested he had already congratulated his rivals in advance.

He said: "I don't know if I was the first or if I was the second or the third, but I congratulated them face-to-face when I had the chance to do it."

United produced a subdued performance against the Baggies and were beaten by a 73rd-minute header from Jay Rodriguez.

Mourinho said: "We were masters in complicated football, everything was complicated.

"We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated.

"They always had time to organise themselves.

"Probably in our best period, where we were moving the ball better and the team was thinking faster, they scored the goal in the only way they could score a goal, which was in a corner or in a lateral free-kick. After that they closed every door."

City captain Vincent Kompany, speaking after the result, indicated he spoke with the same voice as manager Pep Guardiola, who can now lay claim to 24 trophies in a nine-year coaching career which includes triumphant spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

"I think we share one thing maybe, the hunger and desire to never be satisfied," said Kompany.

"This is not a dynasty, it is one title we've won. We're still super happy but theres is so much to do before we unlock our full potential.

"We all believed. There was a period of adaptation for him coming into the league and for us taking in his methods.

"They were the right ones and the ones we believed in, I'm sure there are differences to how we play today compared to Bayern (Munich) and Barcelona, we survive and live by the strength of the team.

"One team was dominant in Germany and one had (Lionel) Messi, but we are nothing without the team."

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