Pep Guardiola Not Expecting To Emulate Liverpool Rout Of Manchester United

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Manchester City will not be able to beat Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday, as Liverpool did a fortnight ago, according to Pep Guardiola, since football is not a “copy paste” sport.

Since Jürgen Klopp’s side thrashed United 5-0 at Old Trafford, Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick. Guardiola was asked what he and his staff had learned from analyzing the match about how to line up against United.

“We do not have the quality to play like Liverpool play so we play a different way,” the manager said. “Football is not ‘copy paste’. After this defeat they changed the setup [to 3-5-2] against Tottenham and it worked, and kept it against Atalanta, but after they got an injury to Raphaël Varane they changed back to a four. We will see on Saturday what they will do.”

Given City are the champions and have an array of high-class attackers including Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish, Guardiola was pressed on why he says his team cannot do what Liverpool did. “If you want to do it like Liverpool you want Jürgen Klopp, [Sadio] Mané and Salah to come,” he said. “We cannot play like they play because we have different players and different ways to play. If you see in the last four, five or six years in the Premier League, looking at the games played by Liverpool and City you know we play differently

source : Guardian sport

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