The midweek drama of Liverpool's 4-0 win over Barcelona to reach the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur on June 1, removed some of the disappointment on an afternoon that ended with a lap of honour from the players with their families.
That gave them 98 points on the season, one more point than Liverpool, though if it had gone to a tie break, City would have won the Prem anyway, having a +72 goal differential to Liverpool's +67.
That tantalising moment lasted only a matter of seconds, however, as Sergio Aguero equalised for City, who went onto shatter Liverpool's hopes with a ruthless goal-spree.
Not only that, but when City hosted Liverpool in the first week of January they knew defeat would have left them 10 points adrift of Juergen Klopp's relentless side.
"Undoubtedly, this has been one of the most hard decisions I have had to make as chairman of Brighton, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season".
"That is the toughest league that we've won, the Premier League, Germany, Spain, that's the toughest that we've won", said Guardiola.
In this season's Champions League, Pep Guardiola's men suffered a defeat on away goals to Tottenham at the quarter-final stage in a dramatic tie in which Raheem Sterling had a last-minute victor ruled out after VAR adjudged Aguero to be offside in the build-up. "We couldn't lose one point".
Mahrez will be hungry to play a part in what could be his second Premier League title triumph and his inclusion could be a masterstroke by the boss.
It is down to us to take care of business and a win will ensure the title remains at the Etihad for another 12 months.
"Like books, movies, if they sustain the passage of time, if after 25 years people are watching the same movie, reading the same book".
"We have qualified for the Champions League final". As the sun-soaked Liverpool fans retreated to the pubs around the city, the mood remained upbeat.
Tottenham assured fourth place with an entertaining 2-2 draw at home to Everton, while Arsenal are fifth after 3-1 win away to Burnley, thanks partly to two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang.
There were also wins for Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Ham.