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Pep Guardiola is refusing to look past Manchester City’s go to to Crystal Palace right this moment, regardless of Real Madrid looming, as a Selhurst Park slip-up would go away their Premier League title hopes in tatters.

A win for City in right this moment’s lunchtime kick-off will transfer them degree on factors with leaders Liverpool, who head to Old Trafford for a conflict with arch rivals Manchester United tomorrow afternoon.

Guardiola accepts a draw or defeat would all however finish their purpose of claiming a fourth-successive title so even the prospect of a visit to the Spanish capital on Tuesday night won’t divert his consideration.

City are additionally defending their Champions League crown and tackle Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect within the quarter-final first leg however Guardiola will solely begin excited about the conflict after going through Palace.

“Honestly, 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,” Guardiola mentioned.

“We’re third, not far away from the top of the Premier League, but if we drop points it will be almost impossible.

“We have to win that game and 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 title, why should I be distracted now from this important game against Palace, when the distance is so close?”

Guardiola is mulling over whether or not to revive Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne to his beginning line-up in south London after benching the pair within the 4-1 midweek victory over Aston Villa.

City shall be favourites to beat a aspect which have claimed simply two factors from their final 12 and sit 14th within the desk however Palace hit again from 2-0 down to attract 2-2 on the Etihad Stadium in mid-December.

Guardiola, who may welcome again goalkeeper Ederson this weekend however shall be proceed to be with out defenders Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake, is conscious he can not take the specter of the Eagles flippantly if City are to stay in competition for a trophy he continues to prize above all others.

“I love it,” he mentioned. “Of the domestic trophies, it is the most important. I’m not going to say the Champions League is not nice, of course it is.

“We have it and know how it feels in our soul and we are at peace, for the fact we’ve got it. But (the Premier League) is just the nicest because it’s more difficult, there are more games, every week, two or three games.

“The Champions League, of course, is important, but it depends on something you perhaps can’t control.

“Both are incredibly important, but the Premier League proves a lot. It shows the mentality of the teams, being there all the time for many, many years.

“From my education at home or whatever, every day you have to do the best – that means a lot to me personally.”

Phil Foden took his tally for the season to 14 targets with a hat-trick in opposition to top-four hopefuls Villa and Guardiola admitted he could possibly be within the operating for Premier League participant of the season.

“He’s a contender like many others, many players play a good season,” Guardiola added. “He can be a contender for sure.”