Pep: City position is a dream

Pep Guardiola expects his Manchester City side to face a tough task at Brighton as they bid to complete the successful defence of their Premier League title.

The Citizens are one point ahead of Liverpool heading in the final game of the season, with the men from Manchester heading to the South Coast on Sunday, while the Reds play host to Wolves.

And head coach Guardiola is delighted to be in such a position, with City having trailed the Merseysiders by as much as seven points earlier on in the campaign.

He told reporters at his pre-match press briefing: "It's a dream to be here. I didn't expect, when we were seven points behind Liverpool, to be in the position we are now.

"That's why it's a dream come true. We show many things and of course now is not the moment to say how good we have done.

"We have the chance to be champions if we win, that's what we have to do. We want to be champions and if it happens it would be nice, but nothing is going to change too much.

"We are going to play well, strong mentally, knowing it will be tough."

Meanwhile, Guardiola confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne could be involved on Sunday, as he has trained in recent days following a hamstring injury, but fellow midfielder Fernandinho will definitely miss out.

The Spaniard added: "Kevin De Bruyne trained the last two days. He could be involved. Fernandinho is not available."

City won the league meeting of the two sides at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season by a 2-0 scoreline and are 7/1 to repeat that result on Sunday, with the Citizens 4/5 to keep a clean sheet and 10/3 to win by a two-goal margin.

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