Pep warns he’s go­ing to rest play­ers for United clash

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PEP Guardi­ola has warned City fans that he will play a weak­ened team against United in the derby.

The Blues boss made it plain after the win at Ever­ton – which meant vic­tory over the Reds would clinch the ti­tle – that he will fo­cus on the two legs of the Cham­pi­ons League against Liver­pool when it comes to his team se­lec­tion.

And to fur­ther pre­pare City fans for a sec­ond­string side on Satur­day, he then tweeted his feel­ings on the mat­ter, to ex­plain his rea­son­ing.

He said in his press con­fer­ence: “Of course I want to win against United at home but we have three days be­fore we have Liver­pool, af­ter­wards we have three days be­fore United and after we have three days be­fore the sec­ond leg, so few re­cov­ery days.

“You have to use all the squad but that doesn’t mean the guys who play are not go­ing to pre­pare to win.

“If we are in the po­si­tion we are now in the Pre­mier League it is be­cause ev­ery­one has made his own con­tri­bu­tion.

“That is go­ing to hap­pen.

“But I am sorry, as a man­ager, now Liver­pool will oc­cupy all my head.”

That means play­ers like Danilo, John Stones, Fabian Delph and Ilkay Gun­do­gan – and any­one who did not fig­ure at An­field on Wed­nes­day night – will step up to face United.

Guardi­ola fol­lowed his words with a direct ex­pla­na­tion to the fans via Twit­ter, where he said: “We are go­ing to adapt the Pre­mier League game against United with re­spect to the Liver­pool games in the Cham­pi­ons League. 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.”

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