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Guardiola wants Man City players to not get overstimulated by the emotion of the Manchester derby

Pep Guardiola urges the Manchester City squad to maintain their calm before this weekend’s Manchester derby.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola aims to eliminate emotion from Sunday’s crucial Premier League visit from United.

The upcoming Manchester Derby signals the beginning of a crucial month for champions City as they strive to secure a fourth successive title, with matches against rivals Liverpool and Arsenal on the horizon.

While City has dominated over United in recent years, Guardiola acknowledges the unpredictable nature of this fixture given the inconsistent form of the Old Trafford side this season.

Guardiola said: “There have been good seasons (for United). With Jose Mourinho for one season and Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) they finished second, fighting – not until the end – but they were (up) there.

“What I learn from my experience in these types of games is to be more calm, relax, don’t talk about many things, just focus on tactics and what you have to do to beat them, not about emotions – because emotions will be there, without doubt.

“That is why we relax and prepare for the game as best as possible, knowing the quality.

“For United to go to Wolves and beat them and Luton, and have the quality to beat Aston Villa a few weeks ago, so they have incredible quality.

“From one action, they create something special in set-pieces, transitions, and in open play. They have connections with players and they score goals. It always has been that way with United.

“When they play good, they win games. We are in March and they’ve just lost one game this year – last week at home – so the consistency they have is there.”

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New United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has expressed his ambition to dethrone City and reclaim dominance within three years. This aspiration comes after a prolonged period of relative decline at Old Trafford under various managers.

“Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his people know the diagnosis of their club,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know anything about that club.

“If they said they need two or three years to be there, who am I to say the opposite? I’m pretty sure they will work to reduce the gap, but I’m not there, I don’t know the diagnosis.

“But I would say at big clubs you have to win and win, not just United.

“It’s not easy for United to come from an incredibly successful period with Sir Alex (Ferguson) and cope with that, that is not easy. Sometimes I can understand it. Today everyone has a lot of pressure.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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