Pep Guardiola admitted his focus is on the Champions League semi-final – giving Tottenham their best chance of ending a 13-year wait for silverware.
City are aiming to win a fourth straight League Cup, but Guardiola admitted Wednesday's semi-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain is more important than the showdown with Spurs.
With the Carabao Cup final having been pushed back by two months to allow fans into Wembley, Guardiola admitted the timing of the game is inconvenient for City as they chase the bigger prizes.
“When we start the season, every game is taken seriously, but the Premier League is the most important competition,” said Guardiola.
“Then it’s the Champions League, Europa League, and after it’s the FA Cup and Carabao Cup .
“When you play at the start of the season when everyone is fit, it’s perfect for rotating and everyone is involved.
“In February it’s over, but this season unfortunately it’s not over and now we play in the decisive part of the season, three days before a dream come true, playing in the semi final of the Champions League.
“That’s why we have a mix of contradiction. It’s a final so we have to go there and win, but we have one eye on the Champions League and one eye on Crystal Palace.
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“The Carabao Cup is nice, but PSG and Palace are there, so we’ll see what happens on Sunday.”
Guardiola criticised UEFA's Champions League revamp, which comes into effect in 2024 and will see teams play 10 games in the opening stage, four more than now.
The City boss said: “Of course there will be more injuries. UEFA know that. Of course they know it. Do they care? Absolutely not.
“They put on more games and more competitions to do it. And we're going to play, of course.
“But we didn’t have one mid-week off this season, so you cannot train. I cannot train, I’m not a manager, I cannot train. I do not train.
“We just handle the team, make them as sharp as possible and the best as possible.
“We cannot forget we started the season against Wolves without one friendly game.
“Since then, we didn’t have one mid-week off. Managers had the international break off, but the players went to their national teams for three games in 10 days.
“It’s crazy but every time we speak about that, when we go to UEFA meetings, we talk about that and they say 'yes, we take note'. But then we play more games.”
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