Cape Town - Manchester
City boss Pep Guardiola says he is hopeful Manchester United will focus
on Europa League glory as the top-four race intensifies.
The Citizens moved in third place on the Premier League standings
after thrashing Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad on Saturday, moving
ahead of Liverpool on goal difference and four ahead of the Red Devils
in fifth place.
However, Jose Mourinho's side still hold a game in hand and have the
opportunity of qualifying for the Champions League by winning the Europa
League, which Guardiola eluded to - ahead of their rivals clash with
Arsenal on Sunday.
With three rounds of fixtures left, the top-four places are still
there for the taking and the former Barcelona head coach praised the
competitiveness of the English top-flight as he first season with the
Sky Blues nears it's end.
"There are four amazing teams fighting for the last two Champions League places," he told BBC Football. "It will be a big, big battle until the last game.
"Hopefully United can focus on the Europa League and forget a little
bit about the Premier League and then next season we can have five
English teams in the Champions League, which would be amazing.
"There is not another competition in the world with six strong teams
fighting for one position - not in Spain nor Germany," the Spaniard
added. "It is so clear that here, every season will be tougher and
tougher to qualify for the Champions League.
"It is important to be in it for many reasons, to grow and to enjoy
the big moments. We have got three games left and it is in our hands."
City next welcome English Premiership champions Leicester City in a league clash on Saturday looking to reaffirm their champions league ambitions.
Kick off is at 13:30.