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Pep Guardiola says Man City title would get ‘world football’s’ respect

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In 2022 they went into the final day in a similar position, one point clear of rivals Liverpool, and went 2-0 down against Aston Villa before coming back to win.

In 2012 they needed Sergio Aguero’s 94th-minute winner to pip Manchester United to the title, having trailed Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in injury time.

Guardiola said he is expecting another tense day on Sunday against a West Ham side already guaranteed to finish the campaign in ninth.

“I have the feeling it will be an Aston Villa game,” Guardiola said. “We would love to be 3-0 up but it isn’t going to happen.

“I’m ready to be a tough, tough game. I want to put [that] in the minds of the players.

“It’s going to happen the same. Ourselves and our people have to be ready to support from the first minute and be with us.”

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