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Pep Guardiola: 'Premier League more important than Champions League'

Guardiola: 'Prem more important than CL'
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists that prioritising the Champions League over the Premier League next season would be "a huge mistake".

Pep Guardiola has revealed that retaining the Premier League title is the top priority for Manchester City next season, rather than lifting a first Champions League crown.

The Citizens finished top of the English top flight this season in record-breaking fashion, racking up exactly 100 points across their 38 fixtures.

City's only major disappointment was failing to make too much of an impact on the continent, having been dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool in the last eight.

Guardiola insists that focusing more on European games next term would be "a huge mistake", however, as the Premier League remains the top target.

"Premier League. No doubt," he told Sky Sports News when asked which he would rather win. "It will be a huge mistake to think: 'OK now we have the Premier League, we are now going to go for the Champions League instead'. Big mistake.

"To be out of the Champions League and win the Premier League again, I'd sign it now. The Premier League is the most important thing. It gives you the consistency to arrive at the right moment.

"The Champions League is so complicated the opponents are so good, all of them. The Premier League is the most important thing."

EFL Cup winners City were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan Athletic in the fifth round.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton156542117423
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
13Watford156271821-320
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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