EPL: Manchester City boss downplays importance of Manchester derby

Updated: Dec 10, 2017, 10:30 IST | PA Sport | Manchester

Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City's league position is irrelevant heading into tonight's derby at Old Trafford

Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City's league position is irrelevant heading into tonight's derby at Old Trafford. City have an eight-point lead over arch-rivals Manchester United ahead of this weekend's eagerly-anticipated encounter. But City boss Guardiola says it is too early in the season for that to influence his gameplan.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
Manchester City  boss Pep Guardiola

Guardiola said: "Winning, drawing or losing on Sunday, we are not going to win or lose the Premier League. It's December. "It's an important game because it's United - you can get points and deny your opponent points and it's the same for them.

We just focus on what we have to do to make a good performance and try to win the game. That is all I am concerned about. I am not going into the game thinking, 'OK, we have an eight-point lead, what do I have to do because we have an eight-point lead?'."

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