Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pep Admits He Will Have 'One Eye' on Reds Clash

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pep Admits He Will Have 'One Eye' on Reds Clash

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PEP Guardiola admits he will have "one eye" on Manchester City's return clash with Liverpool as they take on Manchester United tonight.

The runaway Premier League leaders can clinch the title with victory over their fiercest rivals but the derby clash comes just three days before the second leg of City's Champions League quarter-final.

City were beaten 3-0 at Anfield in the first leg on Wednesday and face an uphill task to turn the situation around.

However, Guardiola has not given up hope and, even though this weekend's clash at the Etihad Stadium is of huge significance, Liverpool remain in his thoughts.

Guardiola said: "It will be so difficult next Tuesday but we are going to try. We will have our chance to be in the game and we will try to go through.

"What has happened has happened and now tomorrow is so important a game. It is a different competition. We are going to pick the team to win the game tomorrow, there is no doubt about that, but of course we have one eye on Tuesday."

Guardiola insists his players will be fully-focused on the United encounter. City are 16 points clear at the top of the table and victory will see them become the earliest winners of a Premier League title with six games to spare.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola added: "We are going to try to play in the same way as we played all the season.

"We are going to focus on this game. After the game - winning, drawing or losing - we are going to focus immediately on Tuesday.

"Liverpool are almost qualified for the semi-finals but we have 90 minutes. The door is almost closed but a little bit open. Maybe there is some space to get in - but that is going to happen after the game tomorrow."

Guardiola hopes supporters will play their part in both matches.

He said: "We'd like to feel that, at home, people can come fill the stadium tomorrow and next Tuesday and support the guys. …

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