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Worldwide media salute City's back-to-back titles

Manchester City's successful defence of our Premier League title has captured the attention of the media from all around Europe and beyond.

The interest from a plethora of foreign news outlets is also further confirmation that this season's title race - in which the occupant of top spot switched places an incredible 32 times - gripped the worldwide football audience as much as it did here in the UK.

French sports bible L'Equipe elegantly described the latter stages of the Premier League battle, stating that City were "masters of their own destiny in their remote duel with Liverpool.

"Manchester City did not miss the chance to win their sixth English Championship title on Sunday in Brighton," opines the French publication.

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"The Citizens' sixth crown can nearly be considered as a miraculous feat because Liverpool, who were still seven points ahead in the heart of the winter, did everything they could to deny Manchester City from retaining the Holy Grail."

Meanwhile in Italy, La Gazzetta praised City stating that  our successive title defence was "a well deserved verdict after an incredible sprint with Liverpool."

"98 points to 97 is the most exciting Premier League ever," the publication asserted.

"Guardiola has completed his umpteenth masterpiece."

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Elsewhere, SportBild in Germany, who are no strangers to reporting on Guardiola after his time at Bayern Munich, are already concentrating on the next trophy that City could win.

"Liverpool had hoped for a blunder on the final day from Man City, but the front-runner secured it [the title] themselves after a clear 4-1 victory," SportBild writes.

"The Citizens can now also secure the national treble. They have already won the league cup, next Sunday is the FA Cup final against Watford."

In Spain, Marca dissected our incredible season and stated that "Raheem Sterling's vindication", and "The rise of Bernardo Silva" were two of the key factors in City's title win.

"The England international scored 17 and assisted another 10 goals and was voted young player in the league this season," Marca reported.

"His performances were critical for his team and Sterling has been the key to Manchester City's impressive campaign."

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On Bernardo,"The Portuguese was, along with Sergio Aguero and Sterling, the team's best player this season."

The New York Times took a different approach, praising City's focus on being a team, rather than highlighting any individuals - a common factor in Pep Guardiola sides.

"It is the fact that his teams - whether in Spain, Germany or now England - have set a new bar not just for effectiveness, as demonstrated by the fact that City has now dropped just 30 points over two whole Premier League seasons, but for aesthetics," scribed the NYT.

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"Even by those exalted standards, though, perhaps nothing better illustrates the root of Guardiola's brilliance better than the conclusion to this Premier League title race. Victory at Brighton on Sunday - despite falling behind early; despite knowing, thanks to the crowing of the home fans, that Liverpool had taken an early lead at Anfield - meant Manchester City completed the season with 14 straight wins.

"In the context, missing out on a few individual prizes, a few gala dinners, is a small price to pay. The consecutive Premier League titles, the chance, next week, to record an unprecedented domestic treble, more than make up for it."

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