Pep Guardiola says it doesn't matter where Man City wins Premier League

Pep Guardiola says it doesn't matter where Man City wins Premier League
From ESPN - March 12, 2018

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England -- Pep Guardiola is playing down the potential of Manchester City winning the Premier League title against Manchester United despite it moving a step closer after their 2-0 victory over Stoke City.

City need nine points to be certain of winning the title, however they could potentially win it earlier by beating closest rivals United in the derby.

But to make that a possibility, they must beat Everton in their next game and Guardiola insists that they have to keep their focus particularly with Champions League quarterfinal games either side of the United clash.

"Everyone is asking but the important thing is that it's March 12th and we have 81 points and that is a lot of points," Guardiola told a news conference.

"We want to be champions and it is in our hands. We need three games or maybe two games if we are able to win at Goodison Park.

"But before and after United we have the [Champions League] quarterfinals and in that moment that is the most important thing.

"I understand for the fans but the important thing is to be champions. When and where, it does not matter."

But Guardiola's captain Vincent Kompany disagreed with his manager, saying it would be a dream come true for the team to secure the title against their city rivals.

"Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. But [we have to be] steady," Kompany said.

"We have one game before then which will be difficult and then we will see. It is not going to be handed to us.''


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