"We won two, three weeks ago", he said. "Now there is the hope because we are getting three points every game (five in a row) and our opponents are dropping points".
But, in contract to comfortable City wins against Swansea and West Ham, there was no hint of Huddersfield showing the champions too much respect when the contest finally got underway at the Etihad. A win would have lifted the London club above Cardiff.
The games on Sunday took place against the backdrop of an outpouring of concern for the health of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who had emergency surgery on Saturday for a brain hemorrhage.
Arsenal signed off the Wenger era at the Emirates Stadium in the style which has been absent so often - particularly this season.
On a day dominated by tributes to the Frenchman, both teams formed a guard of honour for Wenger, 68, before kick-off to a chorus of "there's only one Arsene Wenger".
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It was not quite a flawless performance for City on the podium either as the trophy was knocked off the plinth while players jumped on Yaya Toure, the veteran Ivory Coast midfielder who will depart the club at the end of the season.
Arsenal is yet to name who will replace Wenger in its first managerial hiring since 1996.
"It's the first club where I've stayed for a long time". "Really push to support these players, the staff who remains". I would like to finish by one simple word: I will miss you. When you see all the trajectory over the course of the eight years I've been here, it's unbelievable.
They also frustrated the bid by Pep Guardiola's runaway champion to set new EPL records for the most goals, points and wins in a season - all marks which could yet be claimed by City in the season's final week when it plays Brighton and Southampton.
Even on City's trophy presentation day, Huddersfield managed to grind out a 0-0 draw to help their relegation fight.
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Blue-and-white ticker tape flew up and fireworks exploded as Manchester City's players finally got their hands on the Premier League trophy Sunday. Some of the backroom stuff swigged on huge bottles of champagne. England is so special, it's so tough.
'(It's) very special, we deserve it this season, ' Toure later told Sky Sports.
"We started the season believing we would try to do it but I didn't know we were going to win".
"Going back-to-back will be tough but we accept the challenge".
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