Manuel Pellegrini not thinking about Manchester derby

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini watches the action during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at Upton Park in London on February 11, 2014
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists that he is not preoccupied with this weekend's derby against Manchester United.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that his primary focus is on Wednesday's League Cup tie against Newcastle United and not the upcoming derby with Manchester United.

The Blues continue the defence of their League Cup crown tomorrow night when they welcome the Magpies to the Etihad Stadium in the fourth round of the competition.

Despite a big game against United in the Premier League on the horizon, Pellegrini does not expect his players to be unprepared when they face Newcastle.

"We are thinking just about Newcastle," the Chilean is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News. "When we finish with Newcastle, we will start thinking about Manchester United.

"We have three games in a row here at home in three competitions, so I think it is very important to be thinking just about the Capital One Cup and, after that, we will start thinking about Manchester United."

City are currently in third place in the Premier League table, six points behind leaders Chelsea.

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