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Chelsea game will not influence Champions League final, says Guardiola
Manchester City's encounter with Chelsea has been billed as a Champions League final dress rehearsal, but not in Pep Guardiola's eyes.City host Thomas Tuchel's side after both teams booked their place in the UEFA showpiece this week with impressive wins over Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
Pep Guardiola insistedcannot take their foot off the gas in the remaining Premier League games.
City faceon Tuesday before lifting the league trophy in front of their supporters at the Etihad Stadium after Sunday’s match against .
Guardiola will continue to rotate his team but believes treating the final two fixtures professionally will act as perfect preparation for the Champions League final with.
City were given two days off following the 4-3 win at Newcastle before returning to training on Monday morning.
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‘I told them to forget the football and enjoy your time with your family as a champion,’ Guardiola said.
‘We spoke in training that we have a routine, to be focused. They’re training really good. The game against Newcastle, the people were more relaxed but I saw them today so focused.
‘We’ll play to win the next one and prepare for the final. I have no doubts the people are incredibly committed to win the three games we still have.’
Kevin De Bruyne is back in training after injury, which serves as a timely boost for City, while Guardiola confirmed Ederson will be back between the sticks after Scott Carson’s surprise inclusion last week.
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Ferdinand and Savage were on duty as BT Sport pundits and were commenting after Manchester City were crowned champions of England for the third time in four seasons.Ferdinand and Savage were on duty as BT Sport pundits and were commenting after Manchester City were crowned champions of England for the third time in four seasons following Manchester United's defeat at home by Leicester.
‘We’ll have six days to focus on the final after Everton,’ Guardiola added. ‘Now it is Brighton. You work to prepare for the final as good as possible.
‘We won’t be ready if we don’t prepare for Brighton. I didn’t speak one second about Chelsea. Tomorrow we’ll play to win again and this is the best way to arrive to the final. In the six days, we’ll be more focused on Chelsea.
‘Kevin is important like everyone. When we are able to stick together and push each other, it will be possible to win it. Everyone is in the same level. We’ll see what his level is, he’s fit and ready to play.’
Aguero 'has a problem with Guardiola' and is NOT happy with exit .
City's record goalscorer bid farewell to the Etihad on Sunday after 10 years at the club, with the Argentine coming off the bench to score twice in the 5-0 victory over Everton. The brace took him to a club record 260 goals in 10 years at City, and eclipsed Wayne Rooney’s 183 for a single club in the Premier League.Aguero was given a fitting send-off by his team-mates and Guardiola, who paid tribute to the striker in an emotional interview with Sky Sports. However, according to The Athletic, Aguero and Guardiola went weeks without speaking in March.