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Pep Guardiola: Man City 'struggling a little bit to focus' in the Premier League

City have channeled their attention to a return to Wembley as well as the last-16 return leg against Real Madrid in Champions League.

Pep Guardiola [Twitter/@ManCity]
Pep Guardiola [Twitter/@ManCity]

Pep Guardiola understands his Manchester City side are focussed on the FA Cup and Champions League after losing the Premier League title to Liverpool.

City bounced back from their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Thursday to beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring at St James' Park from the penalty spot before Raheem Sterling wrapped up the win in the 68th minute to book a spot in the semi-final of the competition.

As things stand, Guardiola's Citizens have already secured the EFL Cup, and are keen to win the FA Cup as well as the Champions League this season, and the Spaniard acknowledges his players are not paying much attention to the English top flight.

"After the defeat in London against Chelsea, of course now in the Premier League we're struggling a little bit to focus," Guardiola told the BBC.

"We're playing for qualification to the Champions League, it's not done but we're close, we need two victories.

"But, of course, now the FA Cup and Champions League it's a little bit different for the fact we're playing at Wembley again, we were winners last season, we are in the semis again and that's so, so good. Then we prepare for the end of the season against Madrid."

On their 2-1 win against Newcastle, Guardiola said: "First we are in the semi-final, it was not easy to attack against defenders so, so deep.

"It was a solid performance, we conceded few [chances]and we are happy to be going back to London to Wembley."

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