The manager saw his City side record a comfortable 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday to move five points behind the league leaders, but insisted he will not be watching Sunday’s game as he is more concerned about his team’s next Champions League opponents.
“I have to see Atalanta,” Guardiola simply replied when asked the question by Sky Sports on Saturday. It continues his stance of not watching Premier League opponents, in the way he said h would be playing golf instead of watching United’s home match with West Brom two seasons ago when City ran away with the Premier League.
Liverpool travel to United on the back of an eight match winning run, and could extend their lead over City back to eight points with victory over their fierce rivals. City did what they had to do on Saturday and became the first team to beat Palace at Selhurst Park this season, thanks to quickfire goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva.
Atalanta are making their debut in this season’s Champions League, so Tuesday’s match will be against an unknown team in the competition. They currently lie third in Serie A, but drew their last match 3-3 away to Lazio on Saturday, despite them leading 3-0 at one point.
The blues face the Italians on Tuesday night at the Etihad Stadium, with an 8pm kick off.