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big win Pep Guardiola turns his attention to Champions League as Premier League title is in his hands


Sergio Aguero scored and Manchester City are now on the verge of winning the Premier League (Catherine Ivill/PA)

Sergio Aguero scored and Manchester City are now on the verge of winning the Premier League (Catherine Ivill/PA)

Sergio Aguero scored and Manchester City are now on the verge of winning the Premier League (Catherine Ivill/PA)

Pep Guardiola has saluted his Premier League champions-elect, after they sealed the win that may be enough to confirm Manchester City as title winners on Sunday.

Sergio Aguero provided a reminder of his goalscoring brilliance with the opener in Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace to put the Premier League leaders on the verge of another title.

After a frustrating first 45 minutes in south London, it was City’s record goalscorer who broke the deadlock with a superb finish and Ferran Torres wrapped up the points soon after following a fine curled effort.

Pep Guardiola’s side clinched the Carabao Cup last weekend and took a big step towards the Champions League final on Wednesday, but still found the energy and quality to seal a 25th top-flight win of the campaign.

It means defeat for Manchester United on Sunday at home to Liverpool will crown City the best in England once again with stalwart Aguero making the most of a rare starting berth to edge his team towards more silverware.

"I'm absolutely delighted with that after the Champions League," said Guardiola, whose side claimed 2-1 win in the first left of their Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain last Wednesday.

"We could not play with much rhythm. We struggled a little bit but in the second half we deserved it.

"We can start to think about (winning the title) and put it in the fridge. The Premier League is already there, it is in our hands. We need one more victory, two more points.

"Now we have a (Champions League) game and we are going to give absolutely everything to try to reach the final."

Aguero's goal may have been one of his last for City before he ends a gloriously successful spell at the club later this month, as he admitted he was relieved to play after an injury-hit season.

"I hope to win the title tomorrow. I hope to win the title tomorrow because then we have more calm for the rest of the games," said the Argentine striker.

"The goal was good because maybe we can win the Premier League now. We will wait for tomorrow. Of course if Liverpool win it is better!

"It's my job to score but the most important thing is the three points. Always the first half is difficult. The second half for us was better because we know how they defend.

"That goal [which won the title in stoppage time] is the best moment in my life. I will try to score a goal that's more important, but it's not easy.

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"I am ready for PSG. we will see on Tuesday. Of course every game I want to play.

"We can start to predict our future [in Premier League]. I will check on the Liverpool game. It's in our hands and now we will give everything to beat PSG."

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