Garth Crooks' Team of the Week: Kompany, De Bruyne, Salah, Hazard, Zaha, Giroud

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Manchester City were finally crowned Premier League champions after Manchester United lost at home to West Brom.Crystal Palace and Huddersfield earned crucial wins in their battle to beat the drop, Burnley kept up their European charge, while Arsenal slumped again to Newcastle.Chelsea came back to beat Southampton, Swansea shared the points with Everton and Liverpool put three past Bournemouth.
But who did enough to make my team of the week[/img]

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Goalkeeper - Ben Foster (West Brom)
Where was the Manchester United that blasted Manchester City off the park last week[/img]

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Defenders - Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kevin Long (Burnley), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
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[b]Trent Alexander-Arnold:
I said a few weeks ago that the Champions League fixture against Manchester City would be a massive test for full-backs Andrew Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.Both players came through the test with flying colours, but I didn't expect Alexander-Arnold to have played himself into Gareth Southgate's World Cup plans.His defensive play has been outstanding recently and the ball for Mohamed Salah to score his 40th goal of the season against Bournemouth was of the highest quality. A future full England international if ever I saw one.Did you know[/img]
Midfielders - Willian (Chelsea), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mohamed Diame (Newcastle), Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
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I think this lad has been Chelsea's best player this season. He provided two assists against Southampton and has been as consistent as anyone in the Blues line-up. Rumours that Manchester United have their sights set on Willian make for interesting reading.Does this mean Paul Pogba or Juan Mata might be surplus to requirements[/img]
Forwards - Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
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Mohamed Salah: You can't score your 40th goal of the season and not make my team of the week.Besides, it would be ludicrous not to recognise arguably the best footballer in the league the week before Salah goes head to head with De Bruyne at the PFA awards dinner. I will be there of course and the first on my feet to applaud the eventual winner. My money is on Salah.[b]Did you know[/img]
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Garth Crooks' Team of the Week: Kompany, De Bruyne, Salah, Hazard, Zaha, Giroud

The Crooks of the matter...
Roberto Mancini has done it. Manuel Pellegrini has also done it. But no-one won the Premier League title for Manchester City quite like Pep Guardiola has.I honestly didn't think you could win the English top-flight title playing football the way City have done this season.I was of the firm opinion that our league was too physical and competitive, and the season far too long, for ball players with bundles of ability but less physicality to dominate a campaign the way they have. Boy, was I wrong.
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Had Manchester United not won 3-2 at the Etihad earlier this month, City would have totally humiliated their neighbours. That was their intention of course. However, I have never seen United fans applaud a City team off the field before - but that was the response from a small section of supporters who remained at Old Trafford after their side's 2-1 defeat earlier in the season.During that period, City beat Chelsea away, demolished Liverpool 5-0, put four goals past Tottenham and gave Stoke City such a beating I don't think the Potteries club ever got over it.As for the performance of Kevin de Bruyne, all I can say is: wow. It is easy to pick out the Belgium international because he has been outstanding - but so have David Silva and Fernandinho. What a trio.These three players are the nearest thing I have seen to Alain Giresse, Michel Platini and Jean Tigana, who were so effective during the 1980s for France.And as for the transformation in Raheem Sterling - if Guardiola can teach the lad to finish, he could be the best player in the world.I have made my feelings quite clear about the difference between the playing styles of Guardiola and Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho in my teams of the week during the course of the season.I have an enormous regard for both managers. The former is a great teacher and the latter a serial winner. However, what Guardiola has done is transform English football into thinking that now you can be a great teacher, a serial winner and still play the most glorious football - and all at the same time.With better refereeing decisions and a bit of luck it would be City facing Roma - but that's football. The Champions League is merely on hold for now. Guardiola has turned a very good team into something special, and that's why I can't wait to see the sequel.Congratulations Manchester City. You are worthy champions.

"What a trio. These three players are the nearest thing I have seen to Alain Giresse, Michel Platini and Jean Tigana"
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