Manchester City must stop ‘one of the greatest’ to beat Manchester United, win derby

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Pep Guardiola said Manchester City would have to stop “one of the greatest players in history” in Cristiano Ronaldo if they hope to win the Manchester derby.

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Ronaldo has scored nine goals in 11 games since returning to Manchester United in the summer, including a 2-2 draw with Atalanta on Tuesday, and Guardiola warned his players of the challenge they face on Saturday.

“I didn’t watch the United match [against Atalanta]”I’m going to analyze it and see what it is so I know how good they are,” Guardiola said after watching his team beat Club Brugge 4-1. “We saw that last season. They have one of the best players in history, a man who could be a scoring machine.”

Guardiola insisted in the crowd that the encounter with Brugge was “more important” than the one with United. After Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig, City top Group A with two games.

“the people [were upset] Guardiola said: “Because the truth you said today is more important than United, and it was.” “Right now, the most important game of all time is United.

“the other half [against Brugge] It was really good. Good game, good victory. We need one point to qualify, three points to win the group.”

Guardiola has just 48 hours to prepare his players for United’s derby match scheduled for 12.30 UK time on Saturday. United will have an extra day after facing Atalanta on Tuesday but Guardiola has resisted the temptation to be taken off the fixture list.

“If they want us to play tomorrow, we will play tomorrow,” he said. “The schedule is the schedule. We will be at Old Trafford at 12:30 on Saturday.”


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