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Guardiola: Swansea thrashing was “for the fans”

Pep Guardiola has hailed his Manchester City side after their 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City, and has dedicated the performance to the club’s fans.

City celebrated being crowned Premier League champions in style as they demolished Carlos Carvalhal’s side at The Etihad yesterday afternoon.

Goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus sealed yet another three points for the champions and keeps them on course to break the all time points record of 95 set by Chelsea back in 2004/05.

Guardiola declared: “The important thing is the performance, we played at a similar level to this season.

“Swansea have lost just three games with Carlos (Carvalhal) as manager. It’s not easy against them, we attacked really well.

“It’s great to watch our fans enjoying our game. We want to try and play good.

“It’s never unfinished business in football, you have to keep improving. Looking for records helps to keep the players focused. The Premier League is won, now it’s the record. The numbers keep the players focused.

“Always you drop the focus after winning. But from the beginning we saw they were there. They did an amazing warm-up to show they were there.

“Now it’s important to finish with a good feeling for our fans. Now we have two days off and then we prepare for West Ham. We want to finish in a good way, especially at home.”

Guardiola had a special word of thanks for the fans, who created a party atmosphere inside the sunny Etihad all afternoon.

“The fans have reacted amazingly and it means a lot to us,” Guardiola added. “We are an honest and humble team in terms of how we play and how we press. “People realise that and that’s why we are close. The fans saw the performance.

“When we play well we are closer. The better the performances, the closer we are to the fans.”