Reluctant to underestimate MU, Pep urged fans to fill the Etihad stadium
The Manchester Derby will be re-created in the middle of this week, in the League Cup semi-final second leg match. City are in a superior position thanks to a landslide victory over the Red Devils in the first leg. Nevertheless, coach Pep Guardiola was reluctant to underestimate the strength of Manchester United, and asked fans to meet the Etihad stands at the party later.
As is known, Manchester City did manage to win with a score of 3-1 when they travel to Old Trafford to play the first leg last December. City should have been calm enough when playing the second leg at home. They only need a draw to qualify for the finals, even losing by a goal margin is still okay.
Moreover, Manchester United still seem lame and inconsistent. Although just won over Tranmere Troopers with a score of 6-0 in the FA Cup, in fact the Red Devils have suffered two consecutive defeats.
However, manager Pep Guardiola does not want to underestimate the strength of the rival team. He was very cautious, even wanting Manchester City supporters to come to meet Etihad Stadium to provide support to his team. The former Barcelona coach looked in the mirror against Fulham last weekend at the FA Cup. In that match, there were a lot of empty seats in the stadium stands.
“Now we have three days to get ready against United. Hopefully our fans can come and make our stadium full. Determination is always in the Premier League. “We are still there fighting every day, especially when facing Sheffield United,” said Guardiola as quoted by FourFourTwo.
Before the victory at Old Trafford last weekend, Manchester City had indeed had a chance to face its city rivals in the Premier league. At the meeting at Etihad, Pep Guardiola’s troops were surprisingly defeated with a final score of 1-2. No wonder Pep was reluctant to underestimate the power of the Red Devils, even though they were already in the aggregate position.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Derby match will take place on Thursday, 30 January 2020.