Even if the striker's comment after City's 2-1 win Wednesday — as both teams advanced in the Champions League — did cut to the heart of the contrasts in their performances.
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On Sunday evening, Kane was not included in his side's squad with coach Nuno Espiritu Santo saying that the striker, who only returned to training a week ago, was not match fit.
Guardiola has now won this award third time in his managerial career, having also claimed it in his two previous title-winning campaigns -- 2017-18 and 2018-19.
There was still that stigma of the fact that the team had never made it to the final before, that we were an inexperienced team in this competition.
The 32-year-old Argentinian will bring an end to a record-breaking decade at the club after Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea in Porto.
Liverpool, who had won the Premier League last season, were hampered by injuries this season and they can even miss out on qualifying for the Champions League. The Reds need to win their last game to qualify for the Champions League.
Chelsea will be certain of finishing in one of the four Champions League spots by beating Aston Villa on Sunday.
"This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other — this was the hardest one," Pep Guardiola said.
This loss meant United would not be able to overtake Manchester City in terms of points even if they win their remaining three fixtures in the league.
Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 on Saturday and prevent City from clinching a third English title in four seasons and dethroning Liverpool.
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Mahrez's goals either side of half-time secured a 2-0 victory after his free kick last week earned City a 2-1 win in Paris against last season's beaten finalists, DPA reports.
In the second-leg semi-final, City outclassed PSG 2-0 and as a result, they won the fixture 4-1 on aggregate. In the first-leg semi-final between both these sides, city">Manchester City had emerged triumphant after defeating PSG 2-1.
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