Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep: Let's Forget United!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep: Let's Forget United!

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PEP Guardiola believes tonight's Champions League clash with Shakhtar is more important than Sunday's derby.

The Blues manager has maintained he would rather win the Premier League than the Champions League because it is more difficult.

But there is less margin for error in European competition and the manager left Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker and Aymeric Laporte on the bench for the derby last season when it was sandwiched between a Champions League quarter-final with Liverpool.

It shouldn't have made a difference to the result, but a string of missed chances in an otherwise dominant first half allowed United to inflict City's only domestic defeat at the Etihad in more than a year - and deny the Blues the chance to win the Premier League title in record time. …

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