I saw what Pep Guardiola did that made me think he'll stay at Man City and make it five in a row

Manchester City beat West Ham 3-1 at the Etihad to be crowned champions for the fourth season in a row, becoming the first time in the history of England's top-flight to achieve that milestone.

Phil Foden settled nerves after 78 seconds and City were cruising when he scored again 16 minutes later, but an acrobatic effort from Mohammed Kudus introduced some jeopardy to the occasion.

Rodri's strike from the edge of the area just before the hour mark restored a two-goal lead and City were able to cruise home from there, winning a sixth title in seven seasons under Pep Guardiola.

The final whistle was met with the now familiar Etihad pitch invasion but here are some of the moments you may have missed from the afternoon.

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Guardiola's Walker message

Foden's second goal at the Etihad put an end to this title race once and for all. It was the moment City knew they had won the league, but in the technical area the celebrations lasted a moment or two before Guardiola's mind turned back to how to improve this team.

He had been on Kyle Walker's case a few minutes earlier but as every outfield player went to celebrate with Foden or Jeremy Doku, Guardiola called Walker across and actually walked several steps onto the pitch in an effort to get to his captain sooner.

The Catalan quickly realised and backtracked before dragging Walker across to him. There followed an animated chat, arm around neck, as Guardiola told Walker where he was going wrong and how he could improve City's performance. It had felt pretty flawless for 20 minutes, but apparently not in the ideas of the mad genius who puts it all together.

Guardiola dropped a bombshell after the game when he said he was 'closer to leaving than staying' and that he wondered about his motivation. However, with that kind of intensity and ambition still burning bright, make this team favourites to make it five in a row in 2025.

The Etihad's release

The noise that greeted Foden's stunning opener after 79 seconds was as loud as I've heard the Etihad in a long time. It felt like it eclipsed the noise of the celebration for Kevin De Bruyne's equaliser against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

It was a reminder that even on a day plenty of people had down as a formality, the tension can creep into the stands. City had been behind in three of their last four final-day deciders so they are used to making it difficult.

But when Foden's left-footed drive hit the back of the net the place erupted and every outfield player converged in the far corner to celebrate the goal. It was the very definition of a nerve-settler and a reminder of just how badly these players and these fans still want to rule their domestic league.

It felt at the time like the start of a routine afternoon, but there was a 20-minute spell after Mohammed Kudus' goal where the tension reemerged. It had become tense until Rodri's goal finally released the pressure valve.

VAR reviews are already here

City were denied a penalty after a brief VAR review with just over 20 minutes to go, but the claim for handball against Aaron Creswell was pushed hardest of all by Guardiola.

Nobody on the pitch had claimed for a handball, but Guardiola had watched the footage back in the dugout and went to the edge of his technical area to make the case to fourth official Sam Allison. He then shouted to Bernardo, who was closest to referee John Brooks, and told him to tell the official.

By now VAR were looking at it, although they quickly cleared the incident. When Tomas Soucek looked like he had scored a late goal for West Ham, Guardiola initially slapped his hands to his face in frustration, but on watching the replay he realised what had happened and marched back out slapping his hand instead.

There is a chance VAR will become a challenge-orientated system as part of a plan to improve it and if so, Guardiola is clearly already attuned to being on top of every possibility.