Pep Guardiola gives verdict on final-day in Premier League title race

Guardiola’s men are having a heavy battle with Arsenal throughout the season.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has given a verdict on the Premier League title race. He has delivered views ahead of Manchester City’s final Premier League fixture of the season against West Ham on Sunday.

Man City are having a heavy battle with Arsenal throughout the season. They need one victory to ensure their title for the fourth successive time. If they lose, Arsenal will win the trophy.

Man City have won each of their last eight matches, including a 2-0 success at Tottenham in midweek. They are now two points clear of Arsenal in second place with just one game remaining.

The Citizens have seen such a situation in the past. Sergio Aguero scored a stoppage-time winner against Queens Park Rangers to clinch the title on goal difference in 2012.

The Premier League winners were also given a scare on the final day in 2022. Man City were two goals behind against Villa but Gundogan’s brace made a remarkable comeback to help Man City finish above Liverpool to win another title.

While talking at a press conference on Friday, Guardiola said: “Everyone would love to be in our position but it won’t be easy. I have the feeling it will be an Aston Villa game. We would love to be 3-0 up but it isn’t going to happen.

“[West Ham] will be ready to beat us. I don’t have any doubt about that. It was the same with Aston Villa two years ago – they were in the same position, they didn’t have anything to play for – and we know what happened.

“What happened against Aston Villa and QPR, with the Aguero moment and the [Edin] Dzeko moment, I’m ready for a tough, tough game (against West Ham).

“I want to put in the minds of the players. Look at Tottenham (on Wednesday), how they fought for every ball, it was incredible aggression and commitment. It’s going to happen the same (with West Ham).

“Destiny is in our hands. Ourselves and our people have to be ready to support from the first minute and be with us.”

Man City have won 13 and drawn three of their last 16 Premier League meetings with West Ham.

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