Guardiola insists his focus is not on Champions League final opponents Chelsea

Pep Guardiola says he is ‘only concerned’ about Manchester City’s Champions League final preparations and not on those of opponents Chelsea.

City travel to face Brighton in their penultimate fixture of the Premier League season tomorrow evening, before concluding their season at home to Everton this weekend.


Guardiola’s side were crowned as Premier League champions earlier this month, with their final fixtures serving as preparation for their Champions League final clash with Chelsea on May 29, as the club go in search of a historic treble.

Chelsea’s end to the season looks rather more different with the west London side in need of results to secure Champions League qualification, facing top-four rivals Leicester in a huge clash on Wednesday.

Guardiola insists he has little interest in Chelsea’s run-in, however, and says his focus is on getting his team in the best shape possible ahead of the clash, as the Spaniard finalises his final plans over the remainder of the Premier League season.

“I’m only concerned about what we have to do,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

“To prepare as best as possible. We’ll have six days to focus on the final after Everton. Now it is Brighton. You work to prepare for the final as good as possible.

“We won’t be ready [for the final] 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.”

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