It's for that reason that they beat their rivals again in this mini-league.
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday as Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion.
"Record-smashing, goal-scoring, swashbuckling and awe-inspiring - Guardiola has overseen a scintillating campaign, setting new standards of brilliance in English football", Man City said in their website.
A tight game then, this, with Roy Keane, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs never fully going at a City team capable of punishing space in an instant. Our Time. Our City.
"I had a feeling when I woke up this morning".
Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira's combative presence in midfield shielded a rearguard that, aside from the towering Sol Campbell, had three players in Ashley Cole, Lauren and Kolo Toure who were converted by Wenger into defenders as he put a premium on technical skill.More news: Putin Dampens Tensions, as US, French, UK Strike on Syria Looms
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If United - who denied Guardiola's team the title by beating them last weekend - win both games, City can still clinch it with a victory against Swansea next weekend.
City boss Pep Guardiola had planned a day of golf with his son Marius on Sunday, so the Spaniard might have learned of his first Premier League while on the course.
Tottenham, which had gone 14 matches unbeaten in the league since losing 4-1 at City in December, is seven points above fifth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.
United manager Jose Mourinho had long given up hopes of winning the title, instead focusing on finishing second.
"We didn't take our first chance, so hopefully we can take the second chance to celebrate with our fans next week", Guardiola said.
"His progress just goes to show any young player, particularly those who have had loads of money thrown at them, that if you listen to your coaches, if you do the things you're good at, you can be incredibly successful in a very short period of time".
In the space of 10 incredible days, they pipped Arsenal to the title by a single point, dispatched Newcastle in the FA Cup final and headed to the Camp Nou, where immortality awaited. "Probably because I won eight championships, I was not in the moon with the victory against them because that doesn't make me feel super happy".