Cup the priority for Pep

28 June 2020 19:11:29 GMTPlus10

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed he will be without several players for the club's clash with Newcastle United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, a competition he has described as their current priority.

City's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday handed Liverpool their first top-flight title in 30 years but the Manchester club still have plenty to play for this season.

Our focus [now] is Newcastle - absolutely Newcastle.

Pep Guardiola

As well as looking ahead to the Champions League in August, Guardiola's men will also be aiming to defend their FA Cup crown after winning the competition last season with a 6-0 decimation of Watford in the final.

In terms of team news, Joao Cancelo, Eric Garcia and Claudio Bravo have already been ruled out of the quarter-final fixture while Guardiola also insisted defender John Stones will not feature.

And, speaking before the game with Newcastle, he also gave updates on Sergio Aguero and Phil Foden as well as reiterating they are not looking beyond the game at St James' Park.

"Sergio Aguero will be missed - maybe for the rest of the season. Phil Foden had a kick in the first minutes against Burnley and now Fernandinho is out with suspension," he said.

"We have to try and survive and qualify for the top four. Our focus [now] is Newcastle - absolutely Newcastle.

"The FA Cup is a priority because it is the next game and we can get to Wembley again in the semis."

Man City are 1.18 to beat Newcastle, who are 15.00 to win with the draw 7.50, in the FA Cup.

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