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May 22, 2022 at 4pm UK at Etihad Stadium
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Pep Guardiola looking to surpass Wenger, Mourinho tallies with Aston Villa win

Guardiola looking to surpass Wenger, Mourinho tallies with Villa win
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Pep Guardiola aims to become the most successful non-British manager in Premier League history as Manchester City aim to win the title against Aston Villa.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be aiming to make more Premier League history in Sunday's season-defining final-day clash with Aston Villa.

Following last weekend's 2-2 draw at West Ham United, City's lead at the top of the table over Liverpool has been cut to just one point ahead of the final day.

The Reds were at risk of ending the title race early against Southampton but eventually came back from behind to win 2-1 and ensure that the hunt for glory would go right down to the wire.

The reigning champions simply need to match or better Liverpool's result against Wolverhampton Wanderers to win a sixth Premier League title in the space of 11 seasons.

The first of those triumphs came under the tutelage of Roberto Mancini in 2011-12, while Manuel Pellegrini led City to the top-flight crown two years later.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pictured in November 2021© Reuters

Guardiola has since led City to each of their last three Premier League triumphs, and victory in this season's tournament would see him break the record for Premier League titles won by foreign managers.

The Catalan coach is currently level with both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho in that regard, with the former winning three Premier League titles with Arsenal in 1998, 2002 and 2004.

Meanwhile, Mourinho secured back-to-back Premier League crowns with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006 before returning to seal a third top-flight success at Stamford Bridge in 2015.

However, Guardiola still has some way to go to catch up to all-time record holder Sir Alex Ferguson, who stepped down from Manchester United having won the Premier League on 13 occasions.

History is certainly on City's side, as they have won all five of their previous final-day games in the Premier League since Guardiola took the reins in 2016.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates their fifth goal on May 11, 2022© Reuters

Guardiola's existing contract with the reigning champions is set to run until the end of next season, but the 51-year-old has no interest in discussing a possible renewal this summer.

"If I extend my contract, it will be at the end of next season. Before it's not going to happen," Guardiola told Sky Sports News ahead of Sunday's game.

"I'm here since many years and I have to see how the team and ourselves are together, me and the team. I'd like to stay 10 more years, but we have to take time. There is no time this season or during the next season."

The visit of the Lions will be Guardiola's 351st match in charge of Man City, and the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has posted 259 wins, 39 draws and 52 defeats from all competitions so far.

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