Hundreds of Man City fans gather outside Etihad Stadium with flares to welcome Pep Guardiola’s men ahead of Chelsea game which could crown them Premier League champions

Manchester City fans have turned out in their hundreds at the Etihad Stadium ahead of their clash with Chelsea, where a victory will see them crowned champions.

City’s team bus was mobbed by fans ahead of the Premier League clash with Pep Guardiola’s men just three points away from sealing their third title in four years.

City fans arrived in their hundreds ahead of their clash against Chelsea
City fans are in a celebratory mood with their side are on the verge of clinching the title

City would have been crowned champions without playing and with four games to spare, had United lost to Liverpool last weekend.

However, the champagne was put on ice after the match was postponed due to protests outside of Old Trafford.

But the City fans appeared to get the celebrations away early on Saturday as they welcomed the team bus to the Etihad Stadium with a rapturous reception.

Some supporters had even made t-shirts celebrating their team’s impending title win, in anticipation of a victory against Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.

Guardiola was keeping calm ahead of the game, though, by insisting the Chelsea encounter comes too early to have any bearing on the Champions League final.

The two sides will meet again in European club football’s showpiece in Istanbul on May 29.

The Spaniard said: “If we played the final in one week, six days, it could be but after tomorrow there are 21-22 days. Many things can happen. We just have to focus.”

Both Guardiola and Tuchel rang the changes for the Etihad clash

He added: “Always I have said the Premier League is the most important title.

“Financially for the club, maybe qualifying for the Champions League is the most important but there is no doubt this is the most important.

“The Champions League is so special, it is nice, but this means so many things. We have four games to get two points, one victory, and we are going to try to get it.”

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