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The Premier League and Champions League are more important to Manchester City and Trevor Sinclair says Pep Guardiola and his team won’t mind losing FA Cup clash to Liverpool


Trevor Sinclair believes Manchester City won’t win the FA Cup if it means they win the Premier League and Champions League.

The season gets down to business, with Liverpool vying with City for the biggest prizes.

Liverpool and Man City meet for the second time in a week
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Although it’s mid-April, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds still have real ambitions of securing a historic treble, having already won the Carabao Cup.

Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, hopes to establish themselves as the best team in domestic and European competitions.

A single point separates the teams in the Premier League, while the rivals could face off in the Champions League final after being drawn against Villarreal and Real Madrid respectively in the last four of the competition.

However this week the focus is on the FA Cup semi-final where Liverpool and City meet, live on talkSPORT on Saturday afternoon.

Discussing the contest, former City midfielder Sinclair thinks it is difficult to separate the teams but thinks something could give this weekend.

Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, he said he couldn’t wait for the game between two of Europe’s top teams.


The Premier League and Champions League are more important to Manchester City and Trevor Sinclair says Pep Guardiola and his team won't mind losing FA Cup clash to Liverpool
De Bruyne looks set to miss semi-final clash which will be a blow to City
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“I think if you asked Man City fans, this would be the trophy where they would say we don’t mind not winning,” he explained.

“They have already won it in recent years. The ones they want is obviously the Premier League. They are still in control and are a point clear with six or seven games to play and then the Champions League that has hinted at them so far.

Over the past ten years, City have won the domestic title five times, the FA Cup and the League Cup six times.

In Europe, however, they fell short after reaching the final in 2021 but were beaten by Chelsea.

The Premier League and Champions League are more important to Manchester City and Trevor Sinclair says Pep Guardiola and his team won't mind losing FA Cup clash to Liverpool
Parlor thinks Liverpool are favorites for Wembley clash
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Ray Parlor was also discussing the rivalry and believes Liverpool may have the advantage at Wembley due to a notable absentee from Guardiola’s squad in the form of Kevin De Bruyne.

He explained: “I believe Man City will beat Real Madrid and I believe Liverpool will come out on top as well.

“I can see Liverpool against Manchester City in the Champions League final.

“You watch the FA Cup and Liverpool had the chance to rest the players, which Man City couldn’t.

“De Bruyne is a huge failure for Manchester City. It’s a huge loss.

“They have quality in all positions, but if you lose a player like de Bruyne, you lose a very big player by your side.

“I would probably say Liverpool are a slight favorite because they’ve been resting the players.”

Man City vs Liverpool is live on talkSPORT at 3.30pm on Saturday April 16

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