Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

WATCH: Premier League title winners Man City soak up fans' adulation in victory parade

An estimated 100,000 Manchester City supporters filled the streets of the city to celebrate Pep Guardiola's "centurions" as they paraded the Premier League trophy on Monday.

The victorious squad and manager Pep Guardiola were driven through the streets in an open-top bus to celebrate a historic season filled with record-breaking achievements.

Only record goalscorer, Argentine Sergio Aguero, who is undergoing treatment back home on a knee injury to try and get fit for the World Cup next month, and Spanish playmaker David Silva - with his young child in Spain - missed the celebrations.

The Premier League title was one of two trophies on display, Guardiola’s side having in February won the League Cup trophy courtesy of a 3-0 win over Arsenal at Wembley.

City won the title in record-setting style. Among the many to tumble was wrapping up the title up with five games remaining. Sunday’s last-gasp victory over Southampton meant City became the first team in the Premier League to reach 100 points. A goal from substitute Gabriel Jesus with virtually the last kick of the 2017/18 campaign extended City’s goals tally to 106 while also reaching a milestone of 32 wins in a season, beating the previous best mark set by Chelsea last season by two.


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The 19 points between City and rivals Manchester United in second is the widest since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.

Earlier in the campaign, City set a new record for consecutive wins - 18 - with 11 of them away from home, also a record.

Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, arguably City's star player of the campaign, was taken aback by the enthusiasm of the thousands of flag-waving fans.

"Seeing all the people who want to join us and have a party is amazing," he told Sky Sports.

"This season has been unbelievable and to finish it off yesterday in the last second to get the 100 points is unbelievable.

"Everything you win is special but these are the moments you do it for," added the 26-year-old midfielder.

The parade ended with the squad being greeted on a stage.

Manager Guardiola said now was not the time for looking ahead to see if they could improve on their league performance next term.

"Now is the time to enjoy what we've done this season," he said. "It's not the time to talk of next season.

"This summer we'll watch the World Cup on the sofa ... and enjoy what we have done.

"Then we'll try to come back stronger than this season."