Deserve is one of my least favorite words when it comes to football (and sports in general), at least the way it's normally used. You deserve what you get is my firm belief. But we got the title. And so, it is just what we deserved. Right, José?
"When you work so hard and you are champions you feel you got what you deserved, it's a good feeling."
"We were convinced for a long time but my experience and maturity was always present and in control of the emotions and the situation. We are champions now but during the season we had some crucial moments we coped with in a fantastic way. On 1 January when we were level on points with City after a heavy defeat at Spurs, instead of being a turning point it was our last defeat. From that moment we haven't had one single defeat. The team were always there, everybody knows we deserve it."
Things did look a bit bleak after that Spurs defeat (relatively speaking, of course, as we were still looking down on most everybody else from the top of the table). Losing to Bradford City and exiting the Champions League in the manner which we did were not exactly ideal either. But the squad's belief never wavered. Even as the dogs barked, we buckled down and ground out the points needed. It may not have been pretty all the time, but it was sure pretty when the confetti flew. (And when we get to lift the actual trophy on the final day of the season, at home, against Sunderland.)
"We showed absolutely everything football demands from a team since day one; fantastic attacking football, fantastic domination, high percentages of ball possession, low percentages of ball possession, we gave the ball to the opponents strategically, we defended well. The game today was a good example: Crystal Palace gave us a counter-attack game, we coped with that. We scored our goal, we changed the team and in the second half, with Mikel and Matic in midfield, we controlled the game completely. In the last part of the game they played with one target man, we coped with that. In the final few minutes they played with two target men, we coped with that. We did everything a team needs to do. That's why we are champions and why we deserve to be champions, I think everybody knows that."
Yes they do, yes they do. Read that last quote again. We did everything we needed to do. Attack, defend. Possess, counter. Everything.
Champions of England, we know what we are.