Pep will fo­cus on con­quer­ing Europe now, says Barca ace

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

BARCELONA icon Xavi be­lieves his for­mer man­ager Pep Guardi­ola will turn City’s fo­cus to­wards the Cham­pi­ons League now they are so far be­hind Liver­pool in the ti­tle race.

The chances of the Blues se­cur­ing a third Premier League suc­ces­sive Premier League ti­tle are al­most im­pos­si­ble, with Jur­gen Klopp’s men ru­n­away lead­ers.

And while Xavi knows his old boss won’t give up, he thinks his at­ten­tion may turn to Europe’s big­gest com­pe­ti­tion.

“Pep is a born win­ner,” the leg­endary mid­fielder said.

“It will hurt him that Manch­ester City are so far be­hind Liver­pool in the league - and he won’t give up.

“He will be re­al­is­tic though. The gap is a big one and at the mo­ment it doesn’t look likely that they can make it three ti­tles in a row.

“With that in mind, I think there’s a big chance Pep will pri­ori­tise the Cham­pi­ons League.

“They will be two big games com­ing up against Real Madrid - and maybe there will be a chance to rest play­ers be­fore these games that they wouldn’t have if they were in a ti­tle race.

“Pep will want to win ev­ery tro­phy that he can - but if you’d asked him at the start of the sea­son what he would pre­fer, I’m sure he would have said the Cham­pi­ons League.

“He joked with Klopp that maybe Manch­ester City and Liver­pool should swap tro­phies this year - but there was some truth in that joke, I think.

“He’s won ev­ery tro­phy in Eng­land with Manch­ester City and he knows that win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League with them would take them to the next level as a club.”

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