It was a familiar problem for Guardiola, who had watched United come from two goals down to beat City and deny them the title last weekend. "You are playing good teams, not teams from lower leagues".
"I said after 10-15 minutes we will be champions", said Guardiola of his side's fast start. The Citizens needed to eradicate these doubts, and they did, putting in a brilliant performance, that led to their comprehensive win.
The visitors were lightning quick on the counter and profited from a high Tottenham line, this time as David Silva drove through the middle before shifting wide to Kevin De Bruyne, the playmaker firing wide from range.
Manchester City got back on track against Tottenham, winning 3-1 and preventing the depressive spiral we've all experienced recently from continuing any further.
City were labouring towards a second consecutive draw when Raheem Sterling's deflected strike dolloped past Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to seal a 2-1 win in a breathless finale at the Vitality Stadium in August.
Quoted on the club's website, he said: "When you play against these type of teams - and for me, Manchester City is the best in the Premier League - you can not concede and provide the opportunity for them to play like they played in the first 25 minutes". I'm privileged to be part of such a great group, great players, good guys, good mentality, good atmosphere in the team, every single time I'm on the pitch I enjoy it.
"Today we scored the goals and we defended better". Despite wins over United, Liverpool and Arsenal at Wembley, they were outplayed and outsmarted by City on the night.
The attacking football City unfurled in the first half against United and the ferocious intensity they hit Liverpool with before the break in the quarter-final second leg bore comparison to any of their best work this season, as did the restorative 3-1 win at Tottenham.
The move allowed City a foundation to bag the decisive third goal that all but sealed the title. But an impressive 14-game unbeaten run in the league - going back to the reverse fixture at City in December - is over.
Having been awarded a 25th goal of the season on appeal, Harry Kane will be looking to close on Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. "There are plenty of things to think about after this game". That, and the fact that they overcame the setback of those losses, and put themselves in position to clinch the league easily, bodes well for their future as a team, and shows Pep Guardiola has them making great strides in the right direction and that they would be the team to beat in the Premier League and one of the best in Europe next season as well. Silva is probably the finest playmaker ever to grace the Premier League and Guardiola's City would have no chance of looking so picture ideal without him. That shows their growth and how their manager's methods are working just fine as they continue working to establish their dominance over the rest of the Premier League.
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