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Man City boss Guardiola welcomes international break: I won't be thinking about football

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants his players to be smart during the international break.

City's 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win at Everton on Saturday kept them on course for an unprecedented Quadruple.

"We have spoken about this, to be careful, but you don't what is going to happen," admitted the City manager.

"I hope they can come back well, not just for us but for them. We have been incredibly controlled in these four months but now the people are travelling.

"We are lucky that England is the best country for vaccinating a lot of people and that has made our lives easier.

"Hopefully the people that go abroad can come back safe. Hopefully the bubbles are controlled. Of course it is important for all the clubs."

Guardiola added: "In this week, I promise I will not think about football. I will not watch games and then going into the second week we are going to start to see Leicester and especially Borussia Dortmund.

"Since the last international break, four months, we have played 39 games; won 34, lost two and drew three. The commitment of everyone playing every three days is incredible. We could not enjoy the period after one game because three days later, another one."

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