Manchester City director Pep Guardiola stated Old Trafford isn’t any longer a”frightening” place to see before Wednesday’s derby in the home of Manchester United.
Victory for City in the Premier League battle will continue to keep the reigning champions on track to become the first team in British football history to win a treble of three major national trophies in precisely the exact same season.
The city boasts an impressive streak of five wins and a draw in their last seven league visits to Old Trafford — a succession that includes 6-1 and 3-0 victories.
Guardiola, nevertheless, refused to use that form guide as a reason for optimism, although he admitted that a visit to Old Trafford wasn’t too daunting as in preceding decades.
“I really don’t make notions about what occurred in the past for what will occur later on,” Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday.
“Every match is totally different. The main reason is that the simple fact that this club in the previous decade grew a great deal and it’s not frightening to go there.
“Before it had been perhaps harder. The gamers Manchester City had in the previous decade made this match just a little bit more equal.”
Man City can proceed 1 point clear of name rivals Liverpool in the peak of the table going into their final few matches of this year with victory over United.
This newest derby occurs against the background of United’s woeful 4-0 loss off to Everton on Sunday, a lackluster display that has been roundly criticized.
Guardiola, nevertheless, didn’t anticipate the Goodison Park performance to have a significant bearing on the derby.
“A little bit, yeah but a fantastic outcome, the assurance will be greater,” explained Guardiola when requested if United’s defeat by Everton made his job harder.
“This is a derby and the times we play against United, the derbies are always unique games and the players do their best for the fans, the team ”
The Catalan boss added: “I watched the match, I envision what is going to occur against us. The match against Everton is finished.”
The city will see Old Trafford without inspirational playmaker Kevin De Bruyne who suffered a hamstring injury in the weekend win over Tottenham Hotspur which arrived only days after a dramatic Champions League weight loss reduction to Spurs finished hopes of a quadruple.
It’s the latest problem to hamper the Belgian in a campaign which has seen him plagued by a knee problem and Guardiola said De Bruyne would demand a joint training program before next year.
“Muscular problems, he had three or two,” remembered Guardiola.
“In England, you do not have enough time to create a preparation.
“You perform every 3 times which isn’t the ideal approach. You need to generate a fantastic pre-season. Now he must listen, the small particulars, see whether he can play with one or two games this year and next year make a fantastic pre-season.”
Meanwhile, the Guardiola denied claims that winger Riyad Mahrez — that the club #60 million ($78 million, 69 million euros) record signing from Leicester last year — is miserable in his lack of first-team chances and eager to proceed from City.
“Riyad will probably be with us for another season here and another one and another one,” he explained.
“I do not need to talk to him. He’ll be with us next year,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss included. “He’s a player for us. We’re thrilled with him and how he performs.
“He’s happy we’re here. Everybody understands the competition we’ve got here. He arrived last time to remain longer. It’s not required to talk to him”