guardiola calls for calm ahead of premier league finale

19:00    11 May 2019

Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called on his team to show calm and patience in tomorrow afternoon’s Premier League finale.

City lead Liverpool by one point heading into Sunday’s final round of matches and know that a win at Brighton & Hove Albion will secure a second successive Premier League title.

But the champions' last three victories have all been in matches that were goalless at half time, while the Seagulls have been resilient in defence, conceding only three times in their last four fixtures.

Any slip up from the Citizens is likely to open the door for Liverpool to win a first title since 1990, as they are expected to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers in a concurrent game at Anfield.

Guardiola says that he is expecting a tough game at Brighton and wants his team to continue the patient approach that has brought so much success in 2018/19.

"It'll be tough," he told Man City's official website. "If the game is going bad we will be calm, we have to have a plan and follow a plan like we have done all season."

City will hope Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne returns from injury, though defensive midfielder Fernandinho has been ruled out of the clash on the south coast of England.

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