BRIGHTON, England (AP) — All the strain Pep Guardiola feels during the pursuit of titles becomes worthwhile when a winners’ medal is placed around his neck.
It happens a lot.
Manchester City won its second straight Premier League trophy on Sunday, finishing one point ahead of Liverpool in a thrilling title race and giving Guardiola eight league championships over 10 years in three countries.
“We’re so, so tired, but at the same time winning the title gives you a lot of energy,” Guardiola said after the clinching 4-1 victory over Brighton, “and is so addictive.”
Winning has become routine for City in a way it never was before the flow of Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth began in 2008.
When Sheikh Mansour bought City, City’s only English championships in a history stretching back to 1880 were won in 1937 and 1968.
Now the club that was trampled over for so many years by Manchester United — and had to escape the third tier 20 years ago this month — is the force of English football with four titles in eight seasons. City finished first in 2012 under Roberto Mancini and ’14 led by Manuel Pellegrini,…