Manchester City’s players “deserve all the credit” for their achievements this season, says boss Pep Guardiola.

City host rivals Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 17:30 BST) knowing victory will clinch their third Premier League title.

With six matches left, it would be the earliest a team has won the competition in terms of the date and games played.

“It is almost done,” said Spaniard Guardiola. “I am so happy with what we have done so far.”

He added: “We would like to feel that [the atmosphere] at home. The people can come like they have done all season, fill the stadium, and support the guys because they deserve it. They deserve all the credit.”

City have already won the Carabao Cup this term but were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Wigan and trail Liverpool 3-0 after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

With seven games remaining, Jose Mourinho’s United side are in second place, 16 points adrift of their neighbours, and they can spoil the party by avoiding defeat.

The Portuguese manager said: “It is easy to go to the books and to understand that with this number of points we would normally have been close most seasons.

“We are not because City have a good number of points. It is very difficult for the second to be fighting for the title, which we are not at this moment.

“We are in second position for many months. Our objective is to fight for that. My objective for Saturday is to try to have points to finish second.”

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