Man City celebrate with fans before targeting treble
With an explosion of blue-and-white ticker tape, Manchester City's Premier League title celebrations have erupted.
That's three league titles in a row, five out of six and who knows how many more for a team that keeps on reaching new heights?
"They've set a benchmark that has pulled them apart," Chelsea manager Frank Lampard conceded after his team were well beaten 1-0 by the newly-crowned champions on Sunday.
"I think they're outstanding ... that's why they are on for a possible treble."
The first leg of that three-pronged trophy pursuit is complete, with the finals of the FA Cup, against Manchester United, and the Champions League, against Inter Milan, still to come.
"To be considered one of the greatest teams we have to win Europe, win the Champions League," the City manager said.
Victory against Chelsea extended City's unbeaten run to 24 games in all competitions. And even with Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and a host of star players named on the bench against Chelsea, a 12th straight win in the league was secured.
Nobody at City appears to be tiring of that winning feeling.
Certainly not Guardiola, who has now won 11 league titles in 14 seasons of management, spanning Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.
Not the players either, who answered their coach's challenge earlier in the season by proving they had not lost their edge and sang "We Are The Champions" in the locker room.
And not the supporters, who flooded the field after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium, letting off canisters of blue smoke and celebrating joyously as a period of unprecedented British footballing success goes on.
For City's English rivals, the title remains a dream and Arsenal — like Liverpool in recent years — have learned the hard way just how painful it can be to go head-to-head with Guardiola.
In the end, Mikel Arteta's side fell away all too easily, winning just two of their last eight games.
"Arsenal brought us to our limits, otherwise we would not win these 12 games in a row," Guardiola said. "We didn't give up and they felt that we were there."
Elsewhere, the Sam Allardyce gamble looks destined to fail after Leeds' 3-1 loss at West Ham pushed them to the brink of relegation.
Leeds need to win against Tottenham on the last day of the season and hope that other results go their way to avoid the drop.
Rodrigo opened the scoring at London Stadium, but goals from Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Manuel Lanzini consigned Leeds to defeat.
Allardyce, tasked with ensuring survival, has only picked up one point in his three games in charge.
Roberto de Zerbi might be one of the most in-demand coaches around this summer — but he says he has his sights set on leading Brighton into Europe next season.
"The club, the players, me, my staff, and the fans, they have to organise their passports to travel in Europe next year because we have to grow together," he said after a 3-1 win against relegated Southampton, in which Evan Ferguson scored twice in the first half.
De Zerbi has taken the club to new levels after leading them to Europe for the first time in their history.
Brighton can't now finish lower than seventh — in the Europa Conference League spot — though a sixth-place finish and a Europa League berth are all but mathematically guaranteed.