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Man City boss Guardiola says his players are “legends”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side were “legends” after they secured their fourth Premier League title in five seasons.

City won the league by a point over Liverpool with a stunning 3-2 comeback win against Aston Villa on the final day at Etihad Stadium.

It is Guardiola’s 11th trophy in six years since coming to England.

“We are legends. We will be remembered. This group of players are absolutely eternal in this club,” said Guardiola.

“What we achieved, it is so difficult to do it. Sir Alex Ferguson with Manchester United has done it years ago – two or three times – now I realise again the magnitude of doing this. Now we are part of this.”

City were 2-0 down to Villa with 15 minutes left before they hit three goals inside five minutes to turn things around.

Had they not won, Liverpool would have been champions.

“The last game is always special – a lot of emotion,” Guardiola said. “Aston Villa gave everything but the first goal changed everything. We had to handle it.

“When you win the Premier League in this country four times in five seasons, it is because these guys are so, so special.

“Winning at home in front of our people is the best. The moment we equalised, we had the feeling we had the chance to score the third.

“It was the best atmosphere I have ever lived since I am here. Hopefully tomorrow we can celebrate together in Manchester’s streets with our cigars and beers. I will bring my cigars, don’t worry.”

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