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Guardiola urges Man City players to “disconnect” ahead of finals

Pep Guardiola at Man City
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The Citizens are preparing to take on Manchester United and Inter in their two end-of-the-season finals.

Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players to relax their minds ahead of their two upcoming finals.

The Citizens are on the verge of making history, having the opportunity of winning the treble. Guardiola’s men defeated Arsenal in a close title race in the Premier League while also reaching the FA Cup and the Champions League finals.

Before those two games, however, City must take on Brentford in their last league game of the season on Sunday.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference, Guardiola said (via City Xtra): “In my experience, the best way to play a final is to disconnect as much as possible. Even our physios and cookers, they need to disconnect. 

“They are here working 10 hours, it is a stressful period. That’s why, go with your families, play golf, do whatever you want. You have to train few, but exactly what we did for the final. I go with my family. I don’t forget about football but… family time, good restaurants.”

“Whatever you do is fine. Now it is a question of relaxing your mind as much as possible and maintaining your game. That’s why Brighton and Brentford will help us. We will spend 30 minutes, 45 minutes on the training pitch and the game.”

What’s the plan for the finals?

Asked about his side’s preparation for the two games, the Spaniard added: “I have a plan for United and or Inter. You have to prepare differently. 

“I have to see how many players I have, if they are fit. After seeing United yesterday, I am really impressed. I would be careful anyway but after yesterday and the games recently, we are going to prepare the best we can.”