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Pep Guardiola hails Manchester City as 'legends'

Sean Walsh
Man City have won four of the last five Premier League titles
Man City have won four of the last five Premier League titles / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Pep Guardiola has doubled down on his belief that Manchester City's fourth Premier League title in five years has given them legendary status.

The Citizens went into the final day of the 2021/22 season just one point ahead of rivals Liverpool in the standings and knew that failing to beat Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium would have proven fatal in their quest to retain their crown.

Steven Gerrard's Villa shocked the world and went two goals up, but a stunning late comeback saw City wrestle the title back, with Ilkay Gundogan coming off the bench to grab two goals either side of Rodri's equaliser.

Guardiola stressed pre-match that scooping four Premier League titles in five years is an achievement that only Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United teams have previously accomplished, and he hailed his City side as 'legends' for matching such a feat.

"We are legends. We will be remembered. This group of players are absolutely eternal in this club," Guardiola said following the win.

"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."

Ferguson's United indeed managed to win four out of five Premier League titles three different times - from 1993 to 1997, 1999 to 2003 and 2007 to 2011.

City also join United in being the only teams to successfully defend their Premier League crown on multiple occasions.