Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said his team will give their all when they play Aston Villa in the last match of the season next week. 

City will be crowned champions with a win against Steven Gerrard’s side regardless of the results in the clash between second-placed Liverpool and Wolves.

The defending champions dropped points against West Ham on Sunday afternoon, a match they could have won had Riyad Mahrez scored an 86th penalty.

“We knew we had tough games,” said Guardiola.

“West Ham away after an exceptional performance against Wolves – we knew it – we needed four points – and now there is no debate about goal difference, and no debate about anything, we just have to just to win our game and if we don’t, Liverpool will be champions.

“I can assure you of something – in one week our stadium will be sold out, will give them our lives and they will give theirs, all together.

“To do this is an incredible privilege, after many years together. It is incredible.

“To have our chance with our people, to win one game to be champions. I’m looking forward to it.

“We are going to rest for two days, mentally disconnect and then we are going to train for three or four days and prepare for the game on Sunday.

“It will be tough, emotional and we have to analyse what we have to do to beat Aston Villa, but we will give everything that we have for 95 minutes to win, I’m pretty sure of that… everything that we have.”

Klopp further gave credit to Liverpool for pushing his team to the very end.

“One of, the most perfect teams I have seen in my life – against Liverpool – this Liverpool team, you can’t win the league three or four fixtures ago. It’s impossible.

“They fought, we fight and it is a big, big privilege to be at home and it’s in our hands… We will give everything.

“I said (to the players), ‘don’t be sad today, we did a really good performance’ and it’s fair against this opponent because both teams are too good and that’s why it’s like this.


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