Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola spoke about facing Manchester United next Sunday in the top of the tenth round of the English Premier League.
“When I was coach of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, going to Old Trafford was a special occasion,” Guardiola said during the introductory press conference. “This is an important match for our fans, but it is not a final. It will not determine the champion of the season, as there are still 30 more matches.”
Regarding the quality of Manchester United, he commented: “With the difference in coaches, United always remains a difficult opponent. We know the quality they have, and the situation will always remain that way. There is a good rivalry, and no major problems occurred in the eight seasons that I was here (between the two clubs). We won.” “We lost some matches.”
He added: “I want to see our mentality at Old Trafford. We have achieved many victories and it is not about winning now, but I want to see my team in big scenarios like that match. We have to play in the right way.”
He continued: “United always represents a huge challenge. The candidates to win the title can be answered 9 rounds before the end of the season, not in mid-October.”
He also spoke about Andre Onana, United’s goalkeeper: “He is an exceptional player. Every player needs time to adapt to the Premier League. There are those who succeed in achieving this quickly, but I have a positive view of him. We hope that he does not play like the Champions League final, and that we succeed in beating him.” “.
He continued: “Before matches, I always respect the best players we face, and watch their strengths and not their weaknesses. (Onana) saved a penalty kick in the last minute to help his team stay in the qualification race (in the Champions League), and this is a great morale boost for him and for them.”