Pep Guardiola has revealed he won’t be watching Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday because he will be busy scouting Manchester City’s next opponents.
The defending champions closed the gap on Jurgen Klopp’s side at the top of the Premier League to five points with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.
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- City beat Palace 2-0 on Saturday to go within five points of leaders Liverpool.
- But the Reds can re-open an eight-point gap if they beat Man United on Sunday.
- Even so, Guardiola says he won’t be watching the match as he will be watching video footage of Atalanta.
- Liverpool haven’t won at Old Trafford since March 2014.
- Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Man United as favourites for the first time in Premier League history.
But the Reds can restore their eight-point lead with a win away at their arch-rivals on Sunday, meaning many City fans will once again be cheering for their Manchester rivals.
However, despite the ramifications for his side, Guardiola insists he won’t be watching the game as he’ll be working out a gameplan to beat Man City’s next opponents, Italian side Atalanta, in the Champions League.
“I have to see Atalanta,” he responded when asked whether if he will tune into Sunday’s clash.
Atalanta warmed up for their meeting with City in anything but ideal circumstances as they squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Lazio on Saturday.
City were dominant against Palace on Saturday, enjoying a 72 per cent share of possession and having 21 shots compared to just seven from Roy Hodgson’s men.
However, they only managed to get 10 of those on target and were often rather wasteful – something which Guardiola wants to eradicate so that they’re not punished for it later in the season.
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“We played good, created a lot of chances,” he added. “They are always so strong for the second ball. Unfortunately, we could not convert the chances we had but it was an important three points after the international break.
“Hopefully we can start from here and continue our good performance. Their keeper made a lot of saves but. hopefully, we can be more clinical.”