Guardiola: Too early to think about CL final against Chelsea

Manchester City Pep Guardiola has insisted that he does not have “one thought about the Champions League final” with Chelsea ahead of this weekend’s league clash.

Man City and Chelsea both booked their place in the Champions League final in midweek. City beat PSG 4-1 on aggregate to reach the final for the first time.

Then on Wednesday night, Chelsea beat Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to win 3-1 on aggregate.

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The Champions League final is still 22 days away as it is set for 29 May. City and Chelsea face off at the Etihad in the Premier League this weekend.

Guardiola told reporters on Friday, as cited by BBC Sport, that his side “just have to focus” as Sunday’s result will not have an impact on the outcome of the Champions League final:

“If we played the final in one week, six days, there could be,” Guardiola said. “But after tomorrow there are 21-22 days. Many things can happen. We just have to focus.

“Right now, believe me when I say, there is not one thought about the final of the Champions League.

“But congratulations to Chelsea. They made two good performances against the king of this competition in Real Madrid. We are going to try to play with the players we decide who suit perfectly for the way they play and have the qualities to beat them.”

Guardiola also insisted that he wants to secure the Premier League title as soon as possible. If City beat Chelsea on Sunday, they will be crowned champions.

He added: “I’ve always said the Premier League is the most important title. We have four games left to get one victory and tomorrow we will try to get it.

“When we have the Premier League, the focus will be the final of the Champions League and everything will be related to the final. I am a cautious guy. In sport you don’t talk about it until you have it.

“People might think the guys who played against Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach are going to play the final. Right now, I don’t know. What I want is everyone involved in the next two to three weeks to prepare for the final.”

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