"This is not a dynasty, it is one title we've won". A formality for United, or so everyone thought.
Not only that but he did it with five games remaining, equalling the English top-flight record of United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85). Said Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to the media after the match.
"It's been a pleasure to play with this team and be part of everything we've achieved this season. We deserve to be punished".
We need a superstar to get through that door.
"So sometimes you have to do these kinds of things to think, 'Wow, we are good. We're sad and disappointed with ourselves".
"Today I am happy and I suppose my team-mates might roll their eyes at this, but I want to see the reaction now. It's brilliant, but I want to unlock the full potential".
"The moment he can (improve) his average chances to score a goal, he will become one of the best players in the world", Guardiola said after the Saturday evening kick-off.
"These guys are fantastic, awesome".
And Guardiola claims a 1-0 win over Chelsea in October was when he realised the Premier League title may be heading to the Etihad this term.
How will the Premier League table look at the end of the 2017/18 season? The title race is officially over, but to call it a race at all seems an insult. "They always had time to organise themselves".
Guardiola may have spent massive money ahead of the season to bolster his squad, but the signings made gave City an edge. "It was still September".
Henry, who played under Guardiola in a successful stint at Barcelona, gave his verdict on the key areas of the manager's thinking this season... Of course, there had been some pretty good displays throughout their preseason tour of the United States of America, but nothing had indicated the level at which the team would break records in the months that would follow.
Manchester United now hold the record for the biggest winning margin with 18 points. "We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated". He has not, however, changed for change's sake.