Man City Premier League champions: Updates and reaction as Gundogan leads amazing comeback vs Aston Villa

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Manchester City are 90 minutes away from the Premier League title, but know anything less than a win at home to Aston Villa will give Liverpool the chance to be champions instead.

City are a point ahead of Liverpool in the table with one game remaining, meaning City will secure the title with a win. If City drop points, Liverpool will have the chance to nick the title on the final day if they can beat Wolves.

Pep Guardiola could have John Stones and Kyle Walker back to face Villa, despite the pair previously being ruled out for the season. Both have trained this week, and could be welcome returnees to a depleted City defense. Ruben Dias looks to be ruled out having not been seen in training this week.

Guardiola has encouraged City fans to be loud and proud at the Etihad today, knowing Steven Gerrard’s Villa will not make life easy for the Blues this afternoon. With events at Anfield also playing a key role in this final day, City fans are expected to give the team a big welcome to the stadium and make their voices heard throughout a tense afternoon.

Follow below for pre-match build-up, live match updates and post-match reaction from the Etihad and Anfield.

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Pep:

Speaking to Sky Sports, Pep Guardiola says:

“It was definitely not [easy], the last game always special, always emotional. The moment we found a goal changes everything … the moment we score and equalize, I had the feeling we’d have the chance to score.!

On his half time message:

“It’s normal, we are playing not normal circumstance but you have to handle it. If you put the ball inside, Aleks give us a lot. The second goal Coutinho very difficult, it was momentum and our people did the rest.”

On bringing on Gundogan:

“Ilkay Gundo is the best runner in the second position we have, we arrive in the sides with Phil, Joao, Aleks, other people with a sense of tempo in the final third, he’s the best.”

On four titles in five years:

“Wow, we are legends. When you win in this country, 4 in 5 years, it’s because these guys are so special, we will be remembered. First time 100pts, second in Brighton, third fight without people, wow, winning at home with our people is the best. “

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Fernandinho: This is the City spirit

Fernandinho, speaking to Sky Sports, says:

“A great feeling. We come back from death today, amazing feeling. At 2-o down, at home, we are a bit nervous. We struggle to find the spaces, they keep the wide spaces for us to put in the box .they have a good counter, they score the first goal.At the end, Kevin Gundo, Cancelo, Raz made the difference.

“This is the Man City spIrit, you never give up, believe until The end. It happens 10 years ago, today a bit different, but the result the same.

“it’s really emotional for me, I’m so grateful to City, was a really nice experience for me, a nice journey, they will always be in my heart”.

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City lift the Premier League trophy!

And Fernandinho does just that, with fireworks and streamers going off behind him.

City have lifted this trophy in four of the last five years.

Let the celebrations begin!

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Here’s Fernandinho

Phil Foden got a huge cheer, as did Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne.

But the biggest cheer is reserved for captain Fernandinho, who has played his final game for the club.

His last action as captain will be to lift his fifth Premier League trophy.

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Big cheer for Zinchenko

In what has been an unvbelievably tough year for him, he’s stood up with some huge performances in the run-in – especially today.

He gets a huge reception, as does Jack Grealish.

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Fist bumps

Pep Guardiola walks out, both hands raised above his head, bumping them in the air to the crowd.

The youth players who’ve assisted the first team in training – some making a number of appearances – are out too.

Now the first team all share hugs with each member of the backroom staff, as the squad collect their medals.

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All the club’s achievements

The achievements of the academy and the women’s team are being read out. Now the first team have added the Premier League, and they’re coming out led by Pep Guardiola.

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Coaching staff come out

All with a City shirt on, the first team coaching staff are adding to that line of Blues shirts on the walkway.

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The trophy is out

Those inspiration youngsters are bringing the trophy out.

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Backroom staff recognized

The City backroom staff are getting their names read out as they line a walkway that the players will walk along soon.

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REPORT: City pip Liverpool FC to Title with thrilling 2012 tribute comeback

Ten years and nine days on, Manchester City won the Premier League title again, with a stunning 93:20 tribute act.

The Blues showed they have lost none of their sense of drama, and have not abandoned their excruciating capacity for putting their long-suffering supporters through the emotional wringer before three goals in five minutes – two of them from sub Ilkay Gundogan – turned the title race on its head.

With Liverpool also coming from behind to win, anything less than three points would not have sufficed and from being down among the dead men, just as they were in 2012, Pep Guardiola’s team showed incredible reserves of belief and courage to haul it back.

That triumph made it four titles in five years for the Blues, taking them into the land of legend – in post-war English football, only Liverpool and Manchester United have achieved that level of consistency.

Of course, they did it the hard way, but that simply intensified the euphoria, as fans spilled onto the pitch after the final whistle in a joyous celebration.

Read the full report here.

Pep Guardiola celebrates after Rodri’s goal (Image: Getty)

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Presentation about to start

The backroom staff and players are gathering in the tunnel.

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Presenting the trophy

This is brilliant.

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Open top parade confirmed

To honor the champions.

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Rate the players

We’re all giving Ilkay 10/10 aren’t we?

Rate the players

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What a moment

These were the full time scenes at the Etihad. The fans are now off the pitch and we’re waiting for the trophy presentation.

Manchester City fans invade the Etihad Stadium pitch after the final whistle (Image: Alex Brotherton)

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Player Ratings

Ederson Had no chance at all with either Villa goal, and his kicking was perfectly fine – 6

John Stones Had a torrid time at right back in the first half but looked steadier and more comfortable in the middle – 6

Fernandinho Wasn’t City’s worst defender but Villa were isolating him against Watkins and he was subbed at half time – 6

Aymeric Laporte Looked far more at home with regular partner Stones alongside in the second half – 6

Joao Cancelo Nothing went right for him at left back – poor passing and shooting, but settled nicely on the right – 6

Rodri His physical presence a factor throughout, but the finish to make it 2-2 was exquisite – 7

Read the full player ratings here.

Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the Blues’ third goal (Image: Getty)

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Aguero’s message

A comeback to ALMOST rival Aguero’s moment ten years ago.

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Gundogan: We kept things simple

Ilkay Gundogan, speaking to Sky Sports, says:

“After going 2-0 down, the chances were just very small. We have to do the simple things again in the best way. Scoring two goals, and having 10 mins to score a third gave us a boost.

“It was a positive one, especially after being 2-0 down. It was about getting that goal and we knew the momentum was on that side. We knew we had to score three in a couple of minutes and we did. We’re all fans, and these are the days you look back to, and unbelievable night. “

“I know it’s tough to say, but if Liverpool wouldn’t be there and play the way they play, very successful, this league wouldn’t be that attractive. Even though they finish just 1pt behind us they play an incredible season. They push us to the limit, it’s a sad day for them but we need to appreciate what they’ve done and especially my former coach We look forward to competing with them next season.

“Fourth in five years, it’s a huge moment, incredible achievement, we have to do it that way. It’s about the togetherness within the team, the fans in the stadium. That’s what we appreciate the most.”

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View from the press box

A sea of ​​Blue.

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One of the greatest ever PL teams

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Pitch invasion

City fans are on the pitch! City are champions!

Pep Guardiola hugs his coaching staff, and makes a particular beeline for Juanma Lillio.

‘Champions’ bellows around the Etihad.

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MAN CITY ARE PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

CITY HAVE DONE IT!

What a comeback! What a moment!

City are 2021/22 Premier League champions.

Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the Blues’ third goal (Image: Getty)

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Any second now

We’ve passed 93:20, and City are doing everything to keep the ball in Villa’s half.

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Ederson continues

The keeper has no choice but to carry on, but he does not look happy about it. Two minutes left.

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Ederson is down

Ederson is down, holding his hamstring.

City have used all three subs. Surely not another twist.

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Four minutes added on

How are those nerves?

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Three for Liverpool

Andy Robertson has made sure Liverpool will get three points vs Wolves, they’re 3-1 up.

City are closing in on the title.

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