Guardiola in front of Manchester
He is not even so bad, this Lionel Messi. So the shooter-ticted understatement of Pep Guardiola. "My advice is to look at him," Manchester City's coaches out Jack Greaseh and Phil Foden. According to its own statements, record purchasing Grealh before City's latest 2: 0-Cup victory against Peterborough with teammate Phil Foden have considered a highlight video of the lively Argentinian.
Although not on Messi, but on his counterpart, the other part of the eternal "Goat" debate, Meet Guardiola and Co. on Sunday: Cristiano Ronaldo. At Manchester derby between City and United, many eyes are likely to be focused on the Portuguese - which last stood violently in criticism. For both Guardiola has simple explanations. "In addition to Messi, he was one of the largest of the last 15 years. What these guys have done, we will not see again." At the same time, there are therefore critical voices directly louder, so the skyblues coach.
Guardiola surprising tactics - Ruben Dias is missing
Almost as usual, the Spanish coach praised the coming opponent from the red part of Manchester, even if the current table situation conveys a different picture. Rich 19 counters disconnect table leaders City from the rival United. And yet Guardiola announced at the beginning to stand deep and "play counter football for 90 minutes". A deception maneuver or the tactical march route? Although the Citizens gained in the first leg with 2: 0 in Old Trafford, in their own stadium, the skyblues went across the entire five derbies in the cross-competition in the cross-stroke of last five derbies as a loser.
"We were punished in the counterparts, that's their strength. Since they are not to stop," summarized the 51-year-old. However, Guardiola is missing a defensive cornerst1. Guardiola is missing. In addition to Nathan Aké also missed domestine Ruben Dias the derby due to a thigh injury, which he suffered in the cup game. "It's like it's," says the coach. "I will not cry."
Lose on Sunday and win the Premier League: I would sign that immediately.
Especially since Aymeric Laporte and John Stones adequate alternatives are ready to decide the city duel. Except... "I know how important the derby is for the fans, but we do not play to win the derby. We play to win the Premier League," said Guardiola clearly. "Lose on Sunday and win the Premier League: I would sign that immediately."
With a victory against Manchester United, the Spaniard with his Citizens of the Fourth Championship in five years can come closer up again. Services of Greaseh and Foden à la Messi are likely to help.