Manchester City fans gathered in their thousands to welcome their team to the Etihad Stadium before their match against Aston Villa

Thousands of Manchester City fans gave their players a heroes’ welcome to the Etihad Stadium ahead of the match which could see them crowned as Premier League champions.

Blues armed with flags and flares sang and cheered as the City coach arrived outside the Colin Bell Stand and the players entered the stadium.

Fernandinho was one of the players reserved for a special welcome from the fans – today marks his final match for City and he would start the game as captain.

If City beat Aston Villa in today’s match they would clinch the Premier League title on a dramatic final day.

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See some of the images from the fans’ welcome below.

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