Pep Guardiola is sure Manchester City’s second loss to Chelsea in three weeks will have no bearing when the sides meet in the Champions League final at the end of the month.
City passed up the chance to seal their third Premier League title under Guardiola on Saturday as Sergio Aguero missed a penalty before Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea were also the victors when the teams met at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final last month, but on both occasions Guardiola made several changes to his side and kept Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan out of the starting line-up.
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As such, it could hardly be said that either game was a dress rehearsal for the European showpiece on May 29.
“I’m pretty sure for the final of the Champions League we’ll be ready to compete and play the best game we possibly can,” Guardiola said.
“Now the FA Cup and Carabao Cup are over, we have to focus on winning the Premier League. We still have to get the points – when we get the points, we will be champions.
“Until then, the champions are Liverpool. Still we are not. Since one or two months ago, people said it was already done. No, we still had to go to Leicester and win away, Aston Villa and win away, Crystal Palace and win away, so you have to do what you have to do, and we did it.
“So we have the position that we have and we’re going to try, in the next three games that we have, to win the…