Xavi expects Pep Guardiola to focus on Champions League rather than Premier League race with Liverpool

City are third in the league table (Picture: Getty)

Xavi expects Pep Guardiola to give up on Manchester City claiming their third Premier League title in a row and focus on winning the Champions League.

Liverpool are 13 points clear at the top of the league table and are hot favourites to win their first ever Premier League title.

City are the defending champions, but Barcelona legend Xavi thinks the Champions League is now the sole focus for Guardiola’s side.

‘Pep is a born winner,’ Xavi told the Daily Mirror.

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‘It will hurt him that Manchester City are so far behind Liverpool in the league – and he won’t give up.

‘He will be realistic though. The gap is a big one and at the moment it doesn’t look likely that they can make it three titles in a row.

‘With that in mind, I think there’s a big chance Pep will prioritise the Champions League.

‘They will be two big games coming up against Real Madrid – and maybe there will be a chance to rest players before these games that they wouldn’t have if they were in a title race.

‘Pep will want to win every trophy that he can – but if you’d asked him at the start of the season what he would prefer, I’m sure he would have said the Champions League.

‘He joked with Klopp that maybe Manchester City and Liverpool should swap trophies this year – but there was some truth in that joke, I think.

Liverpool have a 13-point lead at the top of the table (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s won every trophy in England with Manchester City and he knows that winning the Champions League with them would take them to the next level as a club.’

City are third in the table, 14 points adrift of Liverpool, and take on Everton in their next league game.

Liverpool aim to keep up their unbeaten start to the league campaign against Sheffield United, who travel to Anfield on Thursday.

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