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How Manchester City will prepare for the Champions League final this week

Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts during the Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on April 25, 2021 in London, England. 8,000 fans are due to watch the game at Wembley, the most at an outdoor sporting event in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic started in March, 2020. Each team has been given an allocation of 2,000 with the remaining tickets split between local residents and NHS staff. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

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Manchester City won’t start training ahead of the Champions League final until Wednesday. The Premier League champions completed their domestic season on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side will now travel to Porto for the Champions League final on Saturday against Chelsea. City have been ruthless while others have struggled for consistency, winning the Carabao Cup and Premier League along the way.

Guardiola said his players will be allowed to enjoy their title for another couple of days before training resumes ahead of the final with Chelsea at the weekend.

“It will be an advantage if we win, a disadvantage if we lose,” he said of his rotation policy in recent weeks. “I don’t know. It happened. We were fortunate to win the Premier League with four games until the end. Real preparation will be Wednesday and Thursday. Last two days we review, celebrate the Premier League, good mood, no stress. Improve on Newcastle and Brighton, the good and bad things we have done. Wednesday and Thursday we prepare specifically the final.”

Guardiola added that his players won’t be able to show him anything in those training sessions that he doesn’t already know.

“They are ready,” he said. “I know how good they are, all of them, I’m not going to change for one or two training sessions, like they are going to convince me. I know most of them more many years, I have an idea, there’s still the starting 11, still not done. Not yet.

“This club is new for many things, for many reasons, in this period, we make back-to-back for the first time, break a lot of records for the first time, arrive the final for the first time, as a club, as an organisation, we are not old in this case in terms of how excited we are and how delighted we are and satisfied and many things, nobody can beat us on that.

“I never thought in the beginning of the season, that this was the season to get to the final. Never approach this competition like this, since I started at Barcelona, we are quite similar teams what we were in the past and when we were out.

“The margins are small, when it fell down on us a few years ago, not change much. We are quite satisfied to get into the final but we know if you don’t have a huge desire to win it, a huge desire to know what you have to do, then it will not be possible to win the game and win the Champions League.”


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