And after the match, BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage was gushing with praise for Guardiola’s stewardship of the newly-crowned champions.
“Especially to think when they lost at Spurs, they were 14th in the table,” Savage recalled.
“He then evolved the side, put Cancelo into the team, brought him into a midfield position – a free role – amazing performances.
“For me, the best manager I’ve witnessed in the Premier League.”
Savage’s fulsome praise was shot down somewhat by former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.
“Just like Chris Sutton said, you should go and get your coat,” he said.
“Listen, the reason I’m saying this: Sir Alex, the record he has, but overall, at Bayern, Barcelona and Manchester City – the way teams from the Premier League down to grassroots play like Manchester City. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he offered.
“Listen, he’s won trophies with teams he should win trophies with.
“If he wins the Champions League with Man City, for me, the best ever.”
That match, which was originally set to take place in Istanbul, could be set for a change of location, with Lisbon in Portugal and London’s Wembley Stadium both thought to be in the running as potential replacement hosts.
While Ferdinand was sure to check Savage’s view, the United legend also paid tribute to Guardiola for leading City to the title this season.
“Pep Guardiola’s men have bounced back, I thought Liverpool were fantastic the season before this and everyone thought: ‘Who are going to catch them?’.
“Pep went back to the drawing board, fixed things up at Man City and they came back flying, took the league by storm and deserved champions, definitely.”
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