Pep Guardiola to maintain tactics for Manchester derby

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 00:00 |
Pep Guardiola.

Manchester, Monday 

Pep Guardiola says he has no intention of changing tactics against Manchester United on Tuesday despite being unpicked by his rivals’ pace on the counter-attack last month.

City go to Old Trafford in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final a month after losing 2-1 at home to United in the Premier League, when Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Anthony Martial used their speed on the break to exploit the champions’ defence.

But despite telling his City players to cut out the mistakes, Guardiola is determined to take the fight to United as the League Cup holders bid to reach a third successive final.

“I have the feeling they are going to run, one, two or three or as many times as possible, and we have to reduce the mistakes in the build-up and be prepared for that,” the City manager said.

“But we have to do our game so I am not going to prepare our game just thinking, ‘Don’t let them run’. So we have to go there, try to score a goal, we play our game and try to get a good result from there.

“I would like to play in Old Trafford [over] most of the park. Except in the first minutes [at the Etihad], when we conceded three or four [situations where] they could run, the rest of the game I liked a lot.

“I would like to play quite similar but we don’t have too much time. We have two days and a half to train and prepare the game we want to do.

“[The game] will be quite similar. They are a team that is built to run. When they can run it is one of the best teams not just in England, I would say, because of the pace they have, James or [Mason] Greenwood right now and Martial, Rashford and [Jesse] Lingard.

“I saw the line-up they make before the game against Wolves and they make a lot of changes so I guess they will be focused but they are two games, we have to go there to try and take a good result to the second leg here for our fans to reach three years in a row the final of the competition.” -Dailymail

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