The Man City boss will be hoping to lift the Premier League title come the end of the season but must be the victor in a final day shootout with Liverpool before he can claim the trophy once more
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has already revealed that a final day showdown with Liverpool for the Premier League title is his “dream”.
The current champions sit one point clear of Jurgen Klopp’s men heading into the season finale after the Reds’ slender 2-1 victory at Southampton on Tuesday night. Should City beat Aston Villa on the final day, they will be confirmed as champions, while any dropped points opens the door to their nearest challengers, who take on Wolves at Anfield.
It is set to be an anxious afternoon on Sunday for players and supporters alike but it is actually a situation that has already occurred.
Ironically, both Liverpool and Manchester City were heading into the exact same scenario on the final day of the 2018/19 season. Guardiola’s men once again held a one-point advantage ahead of their trip to Brighton, while the Reds were intriguingly taking on Wolves on home soil.
Ahead of the decisive clash with the Seagulls, Guardiola revealed that he relished the challenge of claiming the trophy on the final day of the campaign. He said: “It is a dream, a privilege. I love it.
“The whole of England will be watching, probably Europe. There is no top four [battle, with three places secure and Arsenal needing a miracle to pip Spurs], no relegation issues, only this title.
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“It will be a joy to speak to the players on Sunday. And my message to them is, ‘Go out and play like you have done in the last two seasons. Be yourself and, whatever happens, it is incredible what you have done.’ That’s it.”
Man City were of course successful in their task of claiming the title despite a brief scare having gone 1-0 down to Brighton with Glenn Murray’s opening strike. Quickfire goals from Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte put the visitors back on track before Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan made sure after the break – rendering Liverpool’s comfortable victory over Wolves irrelevant.
It meant that City became the first team to win consecutive Premier League titles, while Guardiola has personally led the club to three crowns and will be hoping to add a fourth on Sunday. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has already fired his opposite number a warning that his side will be ready to pounce in the case of any major slip-ups.
Speaking after victory at St Mary’s, he said: “I’m second and I think: ‘Yeah, of course, City win.’ But this is football. And also we still have to beat Wolves and have one ear in Manchester, it’s not that far away. If we become champions then it would be deserved as well but we have to win. Whatever happens will happen because this is a pretty special group.”