Abril 22, 2018

Guardiola rejects talk of Mourinho rivalry ahead of Manchester derby

07 Abril 2018, 10:13 | Gerardo Tarin

Vincent Kompany scored a thumping header on Saturday similar to one he scored in 2012

Vincent Kompany scored a thumping header on Saturday similar to one he scored in 2012

Responding to criticism from Raiola last week in which he called Guardiola "a coward, a dog", the City manager said he could not understand why somebody with a negative opinion of him would offer him these players. Man City supporters will never forget this day should they come out on top. No way. It's impossible.

By then, City had already turned the title race into a lengthy coronation and it would be fitting if they complete their journey with one more record-breaking victory, even though their probable Champions League exit threatens to cast a shadow over the celebrations. I have experience of that. I will be honest, if we think about being champions too much, we will not win. We try to play the same way as we have all season. It's not going to happen again. "We have one eye on Tuesday though".

The two sides of Manchester are now at the first and second spots in the league table, but with City being sixteen points above United and with only Seven matches to go, this match can be a matter of pride for both the teams and Jose Mourinho will surely be desperate to avoid the humiliation of effectively handing the title over to the rivals in the very game. Mario Balotelli, to Sergio. We'll pick a team to win the game against United.

Pep insists the fact he can clinch the title against his old rival Jose Mourinho will give him no extra satisfaction. The Red Devils are working on their long-term project and a win would provide a lot of motivation ahead of next season, when they would aim to challenge for the title. Manchester City have made an appeal to their fans, and that is that if the League is won against United, we do not invade the pitch. Mourinho, though, would not be drawn on whether he felt United had got one over on City.

Six years ago Kompany also outjumped Chris Smalling to score a header from a corner
Six years ago Kompany also outjumped Chris Smalling to score a header from a corner

In practical terms and to continue into next season especially, to finish second, third or fourth is exactly the same - you don't win the title but qualify for the Champions League group stage. We will still have the record in the books of the quickest League win of the Premier League era. He successfully did that, winning the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first season with the club, and brought his team back into Europe's top club competition.

City, meanwhile, were torn apart midweek by Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League tie, and will be desperate to bounce back with a big result.

Critics may suggest that is the minimum expected after City's spending spree since he took charge two years ago. I am so, so happy with what we have done this year. "We would like to beat them, we would like Spurs to beat them next week, we would like them to be champions as late as possible".

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