Second large format IKEA Store in Egypt now open at Mall of Arabia    Arab Parliament supports Egypt-Sudan efforts to ensure water security    Egypt's Shoukry, UN Secretary-General discuss Ethiopia's Nile dam developments    UK calls on African countries to join UK-Egypt led Adaptation Action Coalition    CAF pres awaits appeal decision but path opens up for successor    Sisi, Burhan urge international efforts towards binding deal on GERD    Al-Sisi visits Sudan for first time after formation of new transitional government    Death toll in bombing in Somalia's capital rises to 20    World Bank approves $440 million for enhancing Egypt's railways    Saudi Arabia to lift most coronavirus-related curbs on Sunday: SPA    EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia's deadly Tigray crisis is growing    Tennis: Djokovic confirms return to Tour at Miami Open    Live score: Ahly (Egypt) vs. AS Vita Club (DR Congo) (African Champions League)    Myanmar forces fire tear gas, stun grenades on protest as UN envoy calls for action    Egypt reports 579 new coronavirus cases; 45 deaths on Friday    61st Diyarna Exhibition: Showcasing Egyptian Handicrafts    Art House partners with Cultural Development Fund to present theatrical, musical shows    Egypt stresses necessity of launching 'serious' negotiation process to reach deal on GERD before flood season    Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine reiterate call for halting Israeli settlement activities    Messi serves as bright spot in Barcelona's disastrous season    Zamalek ready with striking force against Esperance Tunis    Egypt clubs protest Football Association decision to cover costs of COVID-19 tests    Yemen's Houthis fire missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah    Planning Ministry prioritises Upper Egypt development under coherent, integrated programme    Egypt's National Council for Women launches awareness campaign on nutrition education    International Cooperation Ministry, AfDB sign development financing of €109m for rural Luxor sanitation services    Egypt on transformational path into regional energy trade centre: Petroleum Minister    Hassan Allam wins contract to manage, operate Grand Egyptian Museum    March: The month of celebrating women    Egypt launches ‘Closing the Gender Gap Accelerator' action plan    Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate midterm elections postponed to 19 March    Moody's completes periodic review of ratings of GIG Insurance – Egypt    Sudan keen to enhance cooperation with Egypt: Sudanese FM Al-Mahdi    Egypt improves ranking on Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom    A Happy Purrfect Rescue Story of 4 Cats in Thailand    Spotify competitor Anghami to become first Arab tech firm to list on Nasdaq, eyes plans for Egypt    Egypt's Zamalek arrive in Tunisia to face Esperance in CAF Champions League    Winston Churchill's Moroccan landscape painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for $11.5M    Orascom Construction to build Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre    Respect for diversity    Huawei launches HUAWEI FreeLace Pro in Egypt with extra-long battery life and top-grade noise cancellation    Enhanced Labs signs Mr. Olympia 2020 "Big Ramy" And His Trainer Dennis James    1st hours of registration for coronavirus vaccine seen 7,000 Egyptians signing up: ministry    King Tutankhamun funerary mask is must-see tourist icon: The Telegraph    Egypt eyes gradual return for tourism after revenues fall to $4 bln in 2020    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    Coronavirus strikes Egypt's youth team as 17 players, coach test positive    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

For Guardiola, Champions League, not Manchester derby, is priority
Published in Ahram Online on 01 - 04 - 2018

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the prospect of winning the Premier League title in next week's derby against Manchester United was secondary to the need to beat Liverpool in the Champions League last eight.
Saturday's 3-1 win over Everton means City will be crowned champions if they beat United at the Etihad on Saturday.
But for Guardiola, gloating over United is of much less importance than getting through the Champions League quarter-final against their other North West rivals.
"I understand people are going to talk about United but now all the decisions are about Liverpool,” Guardiola said after first-half goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, secured yet another win for his side who have a 16- point lead with seven games remaining.
"Now we are closer than ever. We have one game to win. If we are not able to win, we have six more chances. We are so so close and so happy with the performance. Now it is one more game and we will be champions," Guardiola told reporters.
Guardiola is well aware that the situation is akin to Real Madrid or Barcelona winning La Liga with a win in a Clasico but knows he cannot afford to get caught up in the supporters' enthusiasm for that prospect.
"For the fans it is significant. It is special. It is important we win - no matter where. (But) of course the most important thing is these two games," he said.
"We have to go to Anfield with good feelings. Now we have a few days to prepare for this game," he said of Wednesday's first leg.
"Now our focus is the Champions League so we are going to adapt the game against United for the Liverpool games before and after," he said.
"With the distance we have, we have to be focused on the Champions League and in the middle we have United – who of course we are going to try and beat and try and play – but the line-up will be thinking about Liverpool.”
The suggestion from Guardiola was that he may rest some players for the derby if that makes sense ahead of the April 10 second leg against Juergen Klopp's side at the Etihad.
But City captain Vincent Kompany, who has been with the club nearly 10 years, said he understood the desire of fans to celebrate in front of United's players and supporters.
"It would mean the world to our fans. I have lived in Manchester long enough to know what it means," the Belgian said.
"It will be lively and even spicy but I don't mind. Manchester United have seven days to prepare, but we need momentum so we need a good Champions League game," Kompany added.
Some Everton supporters applauded City from the field after their hugely impressive display at Goodison Park and Guardiola joked that might not be purely an appreciation of their performance.
"Maybe (it was) because we are going to play against Liverpool," laughed the Spaniard.
(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Clic here to read the story from its source.