Pep Guardiola: I’m not thinking of Real Madrid

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, has said he has not yet started to think about the prospect of facing Real Madrid.

Manchester City play Crystal Palace on Saturday, before going away to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday night.

For Pep Guardiola, he has said his focus is on the Premier League clash with Palace, and not Real Madrid.

“If we were 18 points in front of second in the Premier League, I would have two eyes on Madrid, but it’s not the case,” he said.

“After that we will have more time, not for recovery, but to prepare.

“So I have not had much time to see Real Madrid. When we have been fighting for nine or 10 months for the [Premier League], why should I be distracted now from this important game against Palace, when the distance is so close.”