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Guardiola: I'll keep an eye on the Champions League in Manchester derby

2 months ago  Raphael   Sport News

Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday evening came as a huge surprise, and with the Blues set to host the Manchester derby on Saturday, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he has one eye on the return leg against the Merseyside club on Tuesday.

A victory over Jose Mourinho's charges would mathematically secure the Premier League title for City, yet it appears as though the Spanish coach is more focused on overturning their Champions League quarter-final deficit.

"I have an eye on Tuesday," he explained in his pre-match press conference. "Although, I will select a team to try and beat Manchester United. "It depends on the condition of the players, we have a training session on Friday afternoon to see who will be available."

The former Barcelona coach refused to place much importance on the fact his team can win the title against their fierce rivals.

"It's almost won, yes, but Liverpool have almost done the same in the Champions League," he admitted.

"We are very close to being champions. "It's a coincidence that it's the derby, it doesn't matter."

Mourinho and his charges may attempt to take advantage of a wounded City team following Tuesday's shock result, however Guardiola believes his team were far better than the result suggested.

"It was a difficult result and the second leg will be very difficult," he intimated. "We have looked at the match and they played as they always do at Anfield. We played with a lot of personality, the first 25 minutes of the second half from us were fantastic."

Source: marca.com

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