Manchester City will face Manchester United next weekend at the Etihad, knowing that a victory over their local rivals will secure the Premier League crown with a record breaking six games remaining this season.
As City captain Vincent Kompany explained after his sides most recent victory over Everton last Saturday, winning the title against Jose Mourinho’s side would mean the world to his club’s fans.
The Manchster Derby will take place next Saturday evening, and is wedged in between the Citizens massive Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool which will be played this Wednesday and the following Tuesday.
City manager Pep Guardiola understands how much his fans would like to win the league title by beating their bitter rivals, however he has confirmed that due to the bigger picture, he will probably rest some players in the Manchester Derby ahead of the second leg against Liverpool.
Even if City were to lose to United this Saturday they would still have six more league games in which to pick up the two wins needed to secure the Premier League crown.
“We are going to adapt the Premier League game against United with respect to the Liverpool games in the Champions League.” Guardiola told a twitter Q&A.
“The line-up will be thinking about Liverpool.”
“For the supporters I can understand. I’m a Barcelona supporter and we were able to win the league at home to Real Madrid and that is so special.”