Guardiola: City players must keep their cool

10 Septembre, 2016, 05:18 | Auteur: Ruben Ruiz

Asked what problem Guardiola's side present Mourinho with compared to other teams, the Portuguese responded: "Players". Pogba will cover more ground, using his long, easy strides to power forward and back, while Silva's modus operandi involves finding pockets of space and playing between the lines. Matters, however, were yet to worsen.

This Manchester derby is a choke point for him. We have a big, strong team. It's Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola too, or "The Special One" vs "The Bald One" if you're a United fan, or "The Bus" vs "The Midfield Shape" if you're the media.

Saturday's eagerly-anticipated clash between Manchester United and Manchester City will see hostilities renewed between Jose Mourinho and Guardiola, as well as the striker and his former boss. "If he invites me to do that I will accept", he said. "Nobody has doubts", Mourinho said.

United have enjoyed a flawless start to the new season after securing consecutive victories over Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City making it the perfect start to life at Old Trafford for new boss Jose Mourinho.

"When Aguero is available, we know that Aguero plays". I am happy for him.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. It was Liverpool that United looked to as their main derby rivals, with City thrashing about to no real effect year after year.

So how will the day play out? "This is just his nature". It's attacking football, trying to dominate the other team.

"So Zlatan didn't have the best period of his career (at Barcelona), but that's fine", Mourinho said. "He has everything a striker needs", Mustafi said in defence of the unheralded Perez, whose arrival was greeted with indifference by Arsenal fans hoping for a higher-profile recruit. A certain pride is associated with whichever side of Manchester you wish to pledge your support to. "It's a very good squad". We have to think about ourselves, focus on ourselves. They have now a very good manager.

"In this moment, he doesn't play and they have an amazing, rich squad in options".

Even City midfielder Fernandinho's boast that "this game is big, man. It's a game that stops the city" doesn't do justice to a fixture reported to be the richest match in football history with more than £600 million of world-class talent on parade.

Having in Beijing scoffed at the suggestion they may not shake hands, he was nearly as perplexed by a question as to whether they would share a post-match drink.

"They are a title contender and we have to respect them". This game is setting them off more than ever because it feels like there is a lot at stake even at this early stage of the season, which is absolutely ridiculous when you consider there are only three games gone. Everybody is ready and wants to play, of course. So they are what they are since I returned to England in 2013.

"For us, it is a game, for me especially it is a game".

Defender Luke Shaw and winger Antonio Valencia are also fit and ready to face Pep Guardiola's men. So for me it's one more match.

But Guardiola says he has "a lot of respect for Zlatan" and Mourinho rubbished suggestions the Swede will be motivated by a desire to right old wrongs. Ask again at 2.30pm.