Guardiola ready to push again

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola says there will be no let-up from his side, despite them completing a unique domestic treble by lifting the FA Cup at Wembley.

The Citizens had already won both the Carabao Cup and the Premier League this season and showed little mercy on Saturday as they thumped Watford 6-0 to become the first side to claim all three major domestic trophies in the same season.

However, having been pushed all the way in the league by Liverpool, Guardiola says his side cannot afford to stand still as they will be under increased pressure next term.

He told reporters: "The players have to feel that they play good, or they don't play.

"Football is what it is – win again and again and again and the players have to feel that. What we have done is incredible, but from the first day of next season we start from zero.

"We have to see what we have seen for the past two, even three seasons, especially in terms of results for the past two seasons.

"I am pretty sure Liverpool will be stronger and more hungry to do it, that is why we have to stay there. If we don't, we are not going to win.

"We will have to get more than 90-plus points to be champions next season. That is the level we have to maintain – the same level as these last two seasons."

City only missed out on the Champions League this season, losing out on away goals to Tottenham Hotspur at the quarter-final stage.

The Citizens are 8/11 to win the Premier League title again next season, with Liverpool 11/4 and Spurs 12/1.

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City hit Watford for six

Manchester City won the FA Cup final at Wembley, thrashing Watford 6-0 and securing an unprecedented domestic treble.

City are the first team in history to win the league title, the League Cup and the FA Cup in a single season and they completed it in style at Wembley, with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick, only the second ever in an FA Cup final.

Watford had the best chance early on but when that went begging there was only one winner with City outclassing the Hornets.

City, fresh from the Premier League title win last weekend took charge early on and had the first opportunity, Bernardo Silva stretching the Watford defence but Gabriel Jesus, in the side in place of Sergio Aguero, couldn't reach the cutback.

Watford though went closest to taking the lead in the opening exchanges, Gerard Deulofeu finding Roberto Pereyra who was through on goal but Ederson did well to make the save.

Watford again, on a rare attack, threatened and appealed for a penalty when a shot from Abdoulaye Doucoure was blocked in the area by Vincent Kompany who was ruled not to have handled.

At the other end Heurelho Gomes failed to gather a cross which Raheem Sterling was close to forcing home but City were totally dominating possession and it was no surprise when they took the lead midway through the first half, Sterling again involved, heading the ball on and David Silva latched onto it and fired home.

A second before half-time duly came and Bernardo Silva produced a beautiful pass which found Jesus on the left and he managed to get enough on the ball to get it over the line though Sterling was on hand to make sure and get the final touch. He was credited with the goal which proved important later on.

So 2-0 was the half-time score with City in complete control and they almost made it three just after the restart, Jesus nodding home from a corner but it was ruled out for offside.

They didn't have to wait long however, substitute Kevin de Bruyne getting on the end of a move between Jesus and Sterling and finishing coolly.

City made it four on 68 minutes, de Bruyne again involved and Jesus, if not claiming the second goal, certainly had the fourth, waiting for Gomes to commit and sending the ball past him.

There was still time for a fifth and this was definitely Sterling getting on the end of a cross after great work again from Bernardo Silva.

Then, with three minutes remaining he completed his hat-trick, Gomes saving well from the England striker's initial shot but the rebound fell kindly for him and he bundled the ball home to complete the rout and end an outstanding season for Pep Guardiola's side.

City are priced at 8/11 to win next season's Premier League with Liverpool 11/4 and Manchester United 16/1.

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Van Dijk keen to end on a high

Virgil van Dijk is keen to end the season on a high when Liverpool take on Tottenham in the Champions League final on 1st June in Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp's side had to settle for second place in the final Premier League table, one point behind champions Manchester City, despite only losing once all season and picking up 97 points.

Netherlands international Van Dijk, who won the PFA Player of the Year award last month, said of the Reds' failure to win the Premier League title: "Frustrated is the right word. I think we are all going to be a little disappointed because we were so close.

"To get 97 points and play football like we have played all season, we have to be very proud. We work so hard every day to be challenging as close as possible but City were just a tiny little bit better than us.

"But we have to look on the positive side and remember we are still in Madrid. Hopefully we can end the season on a high. It is fantastic to be in the Champions League final twice in a row. Hopefully we can be a little bit better this time."

Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 on the final day of the Premier League campaign and are 1/2 to win the Champions League final against Tottenham, having lost to Real Madrid in last season's final. Meanwhile, the Reds are 11/4 to win the 2019/20 Premier League.

No quick fix warns Solskjaer

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned that it could take some time to restore the club to the position of Premier League title contenders.

Solskjaer was speaking after watching his side lose 2-0 at home to Cardiff City to complete a disappointing season which saw the Red Devils finish with just one win in their last nine games in all competitions.

And Solskjaer pulled no punched about the scale of the job he and his staff over the coming months.

He told MUTV: "We're used to challenging for the Premier League and that's not going to be sorted quickly.

"Realistically you're not going to catch however many points – we're 32 points behind the top teams. We've got to realistically challenge for the top four and another trophy.

"We have a very, very big job ahead of us and we all want to get back to where we belong, which is higher up the table.

"At the moment, there are two teams far ahead of us. We are four or five, six points behind the next positions and we have got to claw ourselves closer to the top two and the others."

United finished in sixth place this season, some 32 points adrift of champions Manchester City and five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils are 4/6 to finish in the top four in the Premier League next season, with Tottenham available at 4/6 and Arsenal priced at 11/10.

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Guardiola: Liverpool pushed us on

Pep Guardiola said that Liverpool's pursuit of Manchester City in the title race pushed his side on to improve even further.

City won 4-1 at Brighton to seal a second successive Premier League title though they had to recover from going a goal down.

With Liverpool beating Wolves the title was, however briefly, heading for Anfield when Chris Hughton's side took the lead, Glenn Murray heading in from a corner.

However, their lead lasted just seconds before Sergio Aguero grabbed the equaliser and by half-time City were ahead, Aymeric Laporte getting City's second goal.

Victory was ensured by two goals in the second half, from Riyad Mahraz and Ilkay Gundogan as City sealed the title in style.

They finish on 98 points, just a point ahead of Liverpool whose wait for a first title since 1990 goes on though they have the consolation of a place in the Champions League final where they take on Tottenham in Madrid on 1st June.

Liverpool are 19/20 to win with Spurs, who finished fourth in the Premier League, 14/5.

The top two in the Premier League dominated from start to finish, Liverpool finishing 25 points ahead of Chelsea in third and Guardiola said their title rivals had pushed them all the way.

He said afterwards: "We have to say congratulations to Liverpool and thank you so much, they pushed us to increase our standards.

"It's incredible, 98 points, to go back-to-back. We made the standard higher last season and Liverpool helped us. To win this title we had to win 14 (league games) in a row. We couldn't lose one point.

"It's the toughest title we have won in all my career, by far."

Liverpool are 3/1 to win the Premier League title next season with City 8/11 to make it three in a row.

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Klopp hails “special” season

Jurgen Klopp said it had been a special season as his Liverpool side finished the Premier League campaign on 97 points but without the title.

The final day of the league season began with Manchester City top by a point from Liverpool and that is the way it ended with City recovering from going a goal down at Brighton to win 4-1.

Liverpool kept their hopes alive by beating Wolves 2-0 at Anfield but were powerless to influence events on the south coast, Pep Guardiola's side winning their 14th successive league game to finish on 98 points, one ahead of Liverpool.

Liverpool's 97 points was the third highest English top flight total in history but their wait for a first title since 1990 goes on.

They finished 25 points ahead of Chelsea who finished third, underlining the dominance of the top two throughout the campaign.

Klopp congratulated Manchester City afterwards and said he was proud of his team for making it such a thrilling title race.

He told the BBC: "It's clear we had to work hard and City too. Our target during the week was to get 97 points, we got that – that's special.

"The season is a very long, hard one. You have to deal with setbacks. We were always competitive. City got the points they have because we were there. They have 198 points in two years, that's special.

"We made such big steps. It's only the first step. Always after a good year we lost key players [in the past] but we won't [this time] so we'll be there again."

As Klopp mentioned in his post-match comments Liverpool do have the consolation of a Champions League final to look forward to and, after beating Barcelona in such memorable fashion in midweek, they will face Tottenham in Madrid on 1st June.

Liverpool are 19/20 to win with Spurs, who finished fourth in the Premier League, 14/5.

Liverpool are 3/1 to win the Premier League title next season with City 8/11 to make it three in a row.

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Klopp backs trio to feature

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged Mo Salah, Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson to play through the pain when the Reds entertain Wolves on Sunday.

Klopp is confident that the trio will all be able to feature in the final Premier League game of the campaign, which Liverpool are 3/10 to win, although Roberto Firmino definitely misses out.

Egypt international Salah missed the Champions League semi-final second-leg victory against Barcelona after being concussed in last weekend's 3-2 win at Newcastle United, while Robertson was forced off at half-time against the La Liga champions with a calf problem.

Henderson suffered a knee injury in the closing stages of the first half against Barcelona on Tuesday but Firmino remains sidelined with a muscle injury.

"The famous three words of this week in the dressing room: 'It's only pain'," said former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp.

"Very important for all the young lads to learn. I've said that already to the boys. Hendo said, 'It's only pain', Robbo said, 'It's only pain' – but it was real pain, wow!

"Unfortunately, Robbo could deal with the pain but only the rest of his body couldn't because he couldn't really activate the muscle anymore, some nerve hit or whatever. They should be fine [for Sunday].

"Bobby not [available] for the weekend, but we have time [before the Champions League final] and that should be enough. Mo looked good around the celebrations after the game, to be honest!"

Liverpool, who start Sunday's match one point behind leaders Manchester City, are 3/1 to win the Premier League title.

Pep: I have no nerves at all

Pep Guardiola says he will not need to motivate his Manchester City players when they take on Brighton in their final Premier League game of the campaign.

City will win the Premier League title for the second season in a row if they beat the Seagulls on Sunday.

They head into the final round of fixtures one point clear of second-placed Liverpool, who take on Wolves at Anfield in their final game.

Jurgen Klopp's team have only lost one top-flight match this season – at Manchester City – and reached the Champions League final on Tuesday by recording an amazing semi-final triumph against Bareclona.

Liverpool were seven points ahead of City in January but Guardiola's team have won 13 top-flight matches in a row, the latest coming on Monday when they edged to a 1-0 victory against Leicester.

Guardiola said: "I am so happy – no nerves at all. I was nervous before Liverpool, seven points behind, and we could have been 10 points behind.

"It was, 'Ah, it will be so difficult'. But not now, no way. I sleep like a little boy. It is a dream, a privilege, I love it.

"I would say that I don't have to say anything to motivate [the players]. I think my speech will be zero.

"They want to win the Premier League. What I saw in the training sessions – they want to win it. We are going to go out there at Brighton at three o'clock to win the game.

"It is just about Brighton, how they defend, their strengths and weak points, what we have to do and on Sunday, 'Guys, go out and play'. That is all."

Manchester City are 1/6 to beat Brighton on Sunday and 5/1 to win the match from behind.

Klopp prepared for final-day drama

Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that there is one more twist to come in the enthralling Premier League title race between his Liverpool side and Manchester City.

The Reds needs the Citizens to slip up at Brighton on the final day of the season, with the two title contenders separated by just one point heading into the action on Sunday – when the Merseysiders play host to Wolves.

And Klopp believes that things may not be as straightforward as many onlookers are predicting.

He told his club's official website: "Everyone seems to think we will beat Wolves and, from what it sounds like, everyone is 100 per cent sure City will beat Brighton.

"But I think they have showed already a surprising reaction at Arsenal. That was impressive and now without any pressure, Brighton are able to play good football.

"That's football, nothing is certain, but I really don't think about it. The only thing I'm thinking about is what we can do against Wolves."

Both Liverpool and City are in prime form in the Premier League, with the Reds having won their last eight games, while the men from Manchester have registered 13 consecutive top-flight victories to move to the top of the standings.

Pool head coach Klopp hopes to have Mo Salah, Andrew Robertson and Jordan Henderson available for the showdown with Wolves, but Roberto Firmino definitely misses out due to a leg muscle problem.

City, meanwhile, hope Kevin De Bruyne will be available to play a part on the South Coast after hamstring problems, but fellow midfielder Fernandinho is a definite absentee.

Liverpool are 3/10 to win their game against Wolves, with the Citizens 1/6 to triumph at Brighton and 15/2 to be held to a draw.

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Hughton relishes major finale

Brighton head coach Chris Hughton is relishing the opportunity to finish the season with a visit from Manchester City, who need a win to guarantee the Premier League title.

The Citizens lead Liverpool by one point heading into the final game of the campaign, with the Seagulls have an opportunity to have a major says in where the trophy finally ends up.

And Hughton is excited by that prospect, following a season which at one point looked like ending in a nervy battle to beat the drop.

He told his club's official website: "The motivation for ourselves on Sunday is easy and I'm delighted for the club to have such a big fixture as the last game of the season.

"To be playing in what is a high-profile and meaningful game is great for this club and very exciting, it's one we’re delighted to be involved in."

Brighton have already been beaten twice by City this season, most recently in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, when a Gabriel Jesus goal secured a 1-0 win for the men from Manchester at Wembley.

Hughton added: "They have many threats, you can't single out one player because of the quality they have across the side.

"It's about us playing against a top side. We have recent experience against them and we'll have to get near those levels again to give us a chance of getting a result from the match."

Albion will again be without both Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Davy Propper (hamstring) as they bid to try and scupper the Citizens, with a draw available at 15/2.

The visitors are 1/6 to win the game and 13/2 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline.

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