Vincent Kompany has hailed Manchester City as the best club in the world.
The former Belgian captain joined the Citizens before their takeover by the Abu Dhabi group but had remained a core member and a leader of the side until the end of this season last week. However, recurring injuries and age will now see the natural leader take charge of his home town club Anderlecht by becoming their player manager.
“It’s the best team in the world for me,” Kompany told BBC Sport. “To set such a high standard, I’m not talking one year, but two years in a row, it’s a privilege.
“The first half was difficult. Second half, as soon as we scored the two goals, they had to come and press, it opened up the game for us and it made it more achievable to make chances.
“It wasn’t as easy as the score says, but what a season, what a tremendous club.
“It starts with the manager. We set the standard at the beginning of the season and said we had to go again, go back-to-back [win successive Premier League titles].
“It’s the group, a positive group of young players with talent, and of course quality.”