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Guardiola: “Before we were the noisy neighbor, now I don’t know what we are”

first_imgA lot has changed in Manchester in the last decade. The City, historic second team of the city, has emerged as the great club of the same, advancing on the right to a United that leads several drifting campaigns, and confirming itself as the great dominator of the Premier League in the last ten years. Much of the fault is Pep Guardiola, who has lifted seven titles, including two Premier, in his three and a half seasons as a City coach and tomorrow will play a vital game to continue gaining weight on his winners: the first leg of the semifinals of the Capital One Cup against Manchester United in Old Trafford “Before we were the noisy neighbor, but now I don’t know what we are”, Guardiola acknowledged in the previous meeting. Also, the Catalan tried to subtract pressure from his men before the impending Manchester derby: “The derby is important for our fans, I know exactly what it means to them, but the other teams are also very important.”. Nor did he answer if he preferred this type of games or face Liverpool, the team with which the last Premier has played: “There are many large teams in England,” he said.Guardiola did not confirm if he would play with holder Bravo, but He was glad to have recovered Aymeric Laporte and Nicolás Otamendi. “It’s good to have Laporte back. Everyone except Leroy (Sané) is training, so we have almost the entire team back for this period,” said the Catalan, who acknowledged that some players will rest for “the incredible amount of games that some have in the legs”. Catalan referred to some famous words of Sir Alex Ferguson, historical coach of United, which the Scot delivered in the summer of 2009 after the signing of Carlos Tévez for Manchester City. The Argentine striker never agreed with the British coach and in July 2009 he changed the sidewalk to leave the ‘red devils’ and Enroll in the ranks of the ‘citizens’, who received it with a gigantic blue-blue poster in which they welcomed Manchester; The image has its explanation: many British fans, especially the City, argue that the team of the Mancunians is the City, while United is the team of those who do not live in Manchester. “Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and you can’t do anything”said the Scotsman, “They will always be loud, so you have to go on with your life, turn on the TV and turn up the volume.” “They are a small club with a small club mentality. They only know how to talk about Manchester United, that’s all they have done and they can’t do anything about it.”sentenced the Scotsman. The image with which the City announced the signing of Tévez and that sparked the controversy with Sir Alex Ferguson.Manchester City Guardiola, who did not go so far in his advances, was cautious in the face of tomorrow’s crash at Old Trafford, a stadium where he has only lost once as a ‘citizen’ coach. “When you play many times against the same teams sometimes you win and sometimes you lose,” explained the Catalan, “I didn’t expect to beat them whenever I got here. We’ve won more times than we lost, which is the important thing.”. However, the last Manchester derby ended with a ‘red devil’ victory by 1-2 at Etihad Stadium, a stadium in which he has only won a derby of the five that Santpedor has directed at home: “I don’t have a theory about this “, the Catalan was sincer.United comes to the first leg of the Capital One Cup after falling 2-0 against Arsenal in the Emirates on the last day of Premier, but Guardiola He doesn’t trust the Solskjaer team. “I think he’s starting to see what he wants in his team”, Guardiola explained, “It is not easy to take the reins of a great club that demands you to be champion in all competitions, but all coaches need time“.” I have a feeling that United has started playing as he wants, “he added, “They are very fast, solid and aggressive. In the last game we conceded a few counterattacks and in a matter of seconds they were in our area”.last_img read more

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