Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City’s fifth Premier League triumph as their toughest yet after sealing the title without kicking a ball. Leicester City’s victory at Old Trafford means Manchester United cannot catch Guardiola’s team, who have three matches spare and will lift the trophy at the Etihad Stadium on May 23 when they face Everton on the final day of the campaign. Guardiola dedicated this title, City’s fifth in 10 seasons, to club legend Colin Bell, who passed away in January aged 74. The City manager regards it as his toughest title after the Covid-19 pandemic squeezed the fixture calendar and prevented his squad from undergoing pre-season training. “This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other,” said Guardiola. “This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players. “They are so special. To come through this season – with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced – and show the consistency we have is remarkable. It is relentless. Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient. “That is equally true of each and every member of our backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our players are fully equipped to take on the unexpected challenges and new routines throughout such a turbulent year.” City players are due in for training on Wednesday at the Etihad Campus after two days off, giving them little time to celebrate. But the focus is now on the Champions League final against Chelsea when they will look to complete a treble following their Carabao Cup win. “We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too,” said City captain Fernandinho. “Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to bring the Champions League home this season.” Comment: 'Mancunian for life' Pep Guardiola has masterminded most impressive Premier League title yet The title win for City comes in the context of them being among the clubs worst hit by coronavirus during the season. Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and Ederson are among those who had periods of isolation this season. Their season was delayed after reaching the latter stages of the Champions League last season meaning they spent the first months of the season behind the pace and looking to find their best form. When they were defeated at Tottenham on Nov 21 they found themselves in 14th place.