His City side take on United, who are managed by Jose Mourinho - another rival of Guardiola's, but the Spaniard dismissed any suggestion that securing the Premier League title against the Red Devils would be sweeter because of this.
"We have to see the condition of the players". The City boss must decide whether to go full strength against United and risk tiredness or injury for the second leg. It is the first time he plays in Anfield, in his first knockout (phase) in the Champions League.
"You have to live those situations to be better players".
"Since the win at Old Trafford in December where we opened an 11-point gap, we have barely put a foot wrong, so I think we are worthy champions, too". I had some contact with Ray [Wilkins] through his connection with Chelsea and I met him a few times and I always had a positive relationship with him, so obviously I feel sad.More news: You'll Never Believe Connecticut's Favorite Jersey Shore Cast Member
It is, though, a chance for United and Mourinho to strike a psychological blow for next season, even if he succeeds only in delaying City's coronation.
"But I thought for me the probability of the type of football that I can play at City will suit me the best". "So, so happy. It's impossible to do that, to play the way we play, the results we achieved, without top players". With 84 points so far, City will be eyeing numerous records at the end of the season, including total points, total goals scored, etc.
"It helps when you win that many games with a team and you only lose one".
Mourinho did offer an interesting exchange when it was pointed out that he had beaten City this season - in the competition to sign striker Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal - and he was asked if that suggested United were more attractive to players than City. "We are not because City has a very good number of points that makes it very hard". So he has to protect his players and he has to know he can not bring the players to a guy like me, like a dog.
We expect an enthralling derby with an expected goal fest from the top Manchester clubs.
Guardiola was also asked who else he didn't like and he admitted to there being a lot, but said he will reveal a list one day. Generally speaking United have just been bad in big games this season. The door is nearly closed but it is still a little bit open.