The Manchester City boss was speaking after his side defeated Newcastle at St James’ Park in their first game as Premier League champions.
A hat-trick from Ferran Torres and a devious effort from Joao Cancelo defeated the relentless pursuits of Steve Bruce’s men, who dropped by just four goals to three on Friday night.
Speaking after the game, Pep Guardiola was asked if he had already made up his mind on his Manchester City starting XI who will head out onto the pitch to face Chelsea in the Champions League final at the end of the month .
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Pep Guardiola hinted: “I have an idea. “
“I know how we play, but I have two options, we’ll see. I’m not clear so these three games will tell me about their momentum and the chances they have to play. I’m pretty sure we have to try to be ready to compete in the best possible conditions against Chelsea. “
Guardiola went on to explain the importance of the last two Premier League games in preparing for the May 29 final. The 50-year-old explained: “We can’t come in today and say we have to play, it’s too late. We have to compete and try to win the final from now on. “
Although he has an idea of the players who will start at the end of this month in Porto, Guardiola reiterated that all Manchester City players still have the opportunity to prove themselves as contenders for the club’s biggest game.
“They want it. They’re going to kill me for playing, I know that. It’s cool and anyone can do it. That’s all. It will be an incredibly difficult decision for me, but I have to analyze the opponent and we will try», Explained the manager.
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He continued, “It’s hard in a normal game to tell players they’re not playing, so can you imagine the Champions League final? But the players we have a good relationship and it’s a business, I’m sorry. The players follow the manager because you win. If you don’t win, they leave you alone, with a few exceptions. “
“It depends on the personality. That’s why today I’m watching the next matches and still in training. They will do anything to try to win, I know that but I have to see the way I want to play and defend, the mentality of the players, the guys who handle the pressure and at that point trying to be honest with myself and the team and make the best selection possible knowing that we have five substitutions available in the final. “
“Everyone needs to be prepared because in the end a lot can change or happen.“
Next up for Pep Guardiola and his players is a trip to the South Coast to take on Graham Potter’s Brighton at the Amex, and are expected to be greeted by another honor guard in their second game as Premier League champions. League.
With a 13-point gap over second-placed Manchester United, Guardiola being the contender he is, he will no doubt want to extend that points gap next week, although the title is already secured.
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