LIVERPOOL, England – Pep Guardiola has told his Manchester City players that they want to forget the title in the Premier League against Manchester United and concentrate on the Champions League.
In their first game after a three-week break due to FA In the cup and international break, City took the first title win within four years of a comfortable 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
While it's a dream scenario for defending champions Bitter rival United this weekend in a Manchester derby focuses on the crucial quarter-final first leg against Liverpool three days earlier.
"We spent a long time without being together and after three weeks I did not want to play with maybe seven, eight or nine players playing on Wednesday to play four weeks without playing together," Guardiola said Press conference.
"That's why we had to be together to find the tempo And our rhythm, the way we want to play, for our massive, massive two games against Liverpool."
"I understand that people are now talking about United, but all the decisions I'm going to make are thinking of Liverpool, the match in front of United and United, that's it. "
City retained their 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League Everton triumphs after the first half Goals by Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling
Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, who had to be patient with Liverpool, easily recovered in the second half.
Now we are closer than ever, we have a game to win And if we can not win, we have six more chances, "added Guardiola.
" I'm so happy with the performance after three weeks without a game today. You never know how we will react when we are not. The first half was so good, the second half was good too. "
Everton manager Sam Allardyce admitted that City simply had too much quality for his side, and the former England international opted for an offensive line-up, saying his team would need to take their chances when playing with a team like Guardiola would live together.
"Manchester City is a team of the highest quality, you have to admire a team that was especially in the first half too good for you," he said. "As much as the guys have tried was something we could not handle.
"The real turning point when we met Bolasie was 1-1, and then they hit, it was very hard when they hit, I thought Silva would be offside for one of the goals, but what can you do.
"We fought, fought, shot and tried to the end. All 11 are fantastic system and that's why they are so far ahead. "