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Manchester City close to equalling Ferguson’s Manchester United in terms of greatness: Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is on the cusp of winning his fourth Premier League title in five seasons. Guardiola’s team will be up against Aston Villa on Sunday, hoping to grab all three points from the game. They do not have any chance to relax going into the final game of the season with Liverpool breathing down their necks.

Jurgen Klopp’s team are just one point behind in the Premier League and will become champions if City drop points against Steven Gerrard’s team, provided they win their game themselves.

Speaking about the season, Guardiola said that it is quite astonishing if City do win the fourth title which would put them right next to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United who had achieved this feat between 2007-2011.

Ferguson’s United sides achieved that feat three times, establishing themselves as the dominant force in English football during the Scot’s 26-year reign.

“Of course it would be great (to win four in five seasons). When I arrive and people here say the Premier League is really difficult, the toughest one, everyone wins different ones,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of the game against Villa.

“Just Sir Alex Ferguson with United could do four in five years,” he added. “When this happens, you realise the magnitude of this United (team) in this period and how they were able to do it many times. We’re close to being a part of that and we have to try to take it.”

Guardiola has said previously that the City squad will be welcomed by a packed crowd in the Etihad stadium and they would give their lives, trying to secure the title. The Manchester-based club has already secured the services of youngster Erling Haaland next season to fill the deficit of an out and out striker.

“Especially important is that he is arriving in a new country, new house, making new friends – all these kinds of things he has to adjust to,” he said. “(But) I’m pretty sure he adapts well… if it takes weeks – great. If it takes months – great. He hasn’t come here for two, three months, he’s come for many years, I hope,” Guardiola said.

City have an unbeaten run in their last five games and face Aston Villa at 8:30 PM IST.

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