Manchester derby is not the biggest game of the season - Pep Guardiola

Elena Summers
November 10, 2018

"I see a team with a lot of commitment, aggression without the ball, everybody runs in front and everybody runs in behind the ball and a few weeks ago in Stamford Bridge - one of the toughest places - until the last minute they were going to win".

The Portuguese previously indicated United - seventh in the table going into the weekend - can not consider themselves in the title race until they climb into the top four.

"We have to stop them in their attacks, there is a way to do it and the manager knows that".

"It's a very good team, especially at home", the ever-improving Swedish centre-back said.

Victory over Guardiola's side would cut the gap at the top to six points but Mourinho refused to say the derby is a chance for his team to get back into the title race.

David Silva is usually the man but this time I think it's time for Raheem Sterling to step up in a huge game.


While City said it "will not be providing any comment on out of context materials", Guardiola was more open to discussing information related to the Football Leaks investigation.

A series of allegations published by German magazine Der Spiegel in recent days claim City attempted to bypass UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, but the English champions showed no signs of distraction as they swatted the Ukrainian aside and took control of Group F. They can recover well like 2-0 v Newcastle, big club, big mentality.

In Turin on Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus ahead but an 85th-minute free-kick from Juan Mata and an Alex Sandro own goal four minutes later saw United complete a famous Champions League comeback.

"We lost [in April], the last two derbies here we were not able to win here but we won at Old Trafford", former Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola added.

"It's hard for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines and I focus on football", Mourinho told reporters.

"We have a good chance this year because Cristiano is a great player and now we have more options", the Argentina worldwide enthused. "But, for me, the Premier League, local leagues, are so important, with all the history". "Three points, three points, three points, so we're champions, the target, we did it".

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