Man City ‘ready to compete’ in Champions League final

Pep Guardiola is certain that Manchester City’s second loss to Chelsea in three weeks’ time can have no influence when the perimeters meet within the Champions League final on the end of the month.

City handed on the chance to seal their third Premier League title under Guardiola on Saturday as Sergio Aguero missed a penalty earlier than Chelsea got here from behind to win 2-1 at Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea had been additionally the winners when the teams met at Wembley within the FA Cup semi-final last month, however on each events Guardiola made a number of modifications to his side and stored individuals like Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan out of the beginning line-up.

As such, it might hardly be said that both recreation was a costume rehearsal for the European showcase on Could 29.


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“I am fairly positive for the Champions League final we will probably be ready to compete and play the best we will probably,” he said Guardiola.

“Now that the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup are over, now we have to focus on winning the Premier League. We nonetheless need to get the points – once we get the points, we change into champions.

“Till then, Liverpool are the champions. Nonetheless we’re not. A few months in the past, individuals said it was already carried out. No, we nonetheless needed to go to Leicester and win away, Aston Villa and win away, Crystal Palace and win away, so it’s important to do what it’s important to do, and we did that.

“So now we have the state of affairs now we have and we’ll try, in our subsequent three video games, to win the Premier League and after that, it relies upon on the day it occurs , we’ll put together for the Champions League Final. ”

Rivals Manchester United be certain that the await the title goes on with their regular restoration of surrendering away from home, rallying for a 3-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side might advance inside 4 points earlier than City play once more as they navigate their recreation squeeze with home video games against the Champions League chasing Leicester and Liverpool on Tuesday and Thursday earlier than Guardiola takes his side to Newcastle on Friday.

When requested if stress might attain his side in such a state of affairs, Guardiola said: “I do not know. We go (goal) to win in Newcastle like now we have carried out in all seasons and all video games.

“I do not know what the stress is, we played to win the sport, we go to Newcastle to win the sport and, if not, after we go to try and win the sport in Brighton. Here is what we’ll try to do.

“It is nonetheless not over, it’s important to win the video games and we’ll try to make it within the subsequent recreation against Newcastle. If that is stress to win the title, that is the load I need, and this sort of stress must be top notch, top squad.

“(In opposition to Chelsea) we did our best to win, we had the chance, sadly it could not be attainable for various causes, and we’ll put together now, mentally, with one or two days off and after get into focus, analyze Newcastle and try to win the sport. ”

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