Premier League last day: Pep Guardiola calls for final push from Manchester City

Pep Guardiola will tell his players to finish the job as Manchester City look to stave off the threat of Liverpool and secure a fourth Premier League title in five seasons.

Guardiola's men host Aston Villa with manager and Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard threatening to spoil City's attempts to stave off the challenge of Jurgen Klopp's quadruple-chasers.

City's double digit lead at the top from earlier on in the season has been trimmed to just one point going into the final day and Guardiola is under no illusion about the size of the task facing his players.

The Spaniard says winning back-to-back titles would be a fitting measure of the consistency required to be crowned champions but knows his players must get over the line.

He told reporters: "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.

"Just Sir Alex Ferguson with United could do four in five years. When this happens, you realise the magnitude of this United (team) in this period and how he 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. But that's what means I would say how good it is but being in this position close to try to do it."

The 51-year-old former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has already won eight major trophies in charge at the Etihad and next season will be his seventh campaign at the club.

He feels there is no risk of fatigue and is excited by the challenge of keeping City in a position to challenge for top prizes.

"I would say if we had this energy this season and previous ones then why not next season?" he said.

"I think we will be there but at the end of the season we will forget what we have done and I think new players and the competition itself brings this energy.

"If you tell me next season start tomorrow, I would say, 'oh no please give me a break' but the moment you start pre-season, new players, first opponent and the second one, then the energy is back.

"I'm pretty sure we will be there again to try to be a good opponent for our rivals."

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