"Winning the Premier League is going to be one of the best three seasons I have ever had as a player and as a manager". Benitez came closest to winning the title back in 2008-09, but Liverpool finished four points behind Manchester United, keeping the Spanish flag from waving proudly in his arms.
What would have been most disappointing for the Old Trafford outfit is the fact that it was them that handed their "noisy neighbours" the title instead of making them wait even longer for it. They are on course to break a number of records and could become the first Premier League team to get over 100 points in a season.
City clinched the title without kicking a ball as their arch rivals United slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
"We have scored great goals, played fantastic football and learned together under Pep", Argentina striker Aguero, who missed Saturday's victory at Tottenham with a knee injury, told the club's website www.mancity.com.
The defeat put United's second spot position in danger, as their advantage over third-placed Liverpool was reduced to just one point.
"These players deserve all my respect because they have been unbelievable all season".
Going back to the United and Arsenal rivalry from the late 90s it would be brilliant if one team could mark themselves out as actually having a chance to challenge City next term and going forward.
Guardiola may have spent massive money ahead of the season to bolster his squad, but the signings made gave City an edge.
The London Evening Standard reports that Chelsea won the title in 2005 with a tally of 95 points - City need just three wins from their last five games to beat that record. The Premier League title was confirmed. I was unfortunate enough to play against that quality United side that dominated in the '90s, but this side would have beaten them - that's how good they are. The City stalwart, who is in the last six months of his current contract, has had minimal game time under Guardiola this season, and has been linked with clubs in China and Turkey. There have been a lot more good days for the Red side but today it is for the Blue.
"When I was 20, I would have been a flawless player for him", he said.
Yet, knowing the job was nearly done, he gave his players a ringing endorsement after they returned to their best with a superb 3-1 win over Spurs at Wembley on Saturday.