Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola has downplayed the effect of Sunday’s Manchester Derby on any of the team’s chances of winning the Premier League.
According to him, the encounter was not the biggest game of the 2018/19 season
TheEcho recalls that United finished second last season, trailing 19 points behind the Cityzens.
However, the Red Devils are heading into the weekend’s game six places behind Manchester City who are still unbeaten in the season.
“No, no, no,” Guardiola said when asked if Sunday’s Manchester derby was the biggest game of the season for City.
“Of course games against contenders are special because if you win, they don’t win, but it’s November, so maybe the game at Old Trafford [in March] will be more important.
“Of course we are on a good run, United as well, it will be like all the games so tight, no team controls the game for 90 minutes and we have to defend well and attack like we have in the last games.
“All the derbies are special, I think in Spain there’s more noise [in the media] than here, before the game especially, but it’s always special for everybody.
“In our history of Manchester City it’s hard to beat United and they beat us more times but it’s a good rivalry and a good chance for three points. We will try especially to have a good game.
“They are not out of the race, not in November it’s impossible, no way. They can recover well like 2-0 v Newcastle, big club, big mentality. Since we arrive we try to convince to never give up and try again and again it’s why in the last month we didn’t lose two or three in a row, we are consistent.
“But United have it themselves, with their history behind them, it’s always there. November, five or six strong teams, one issue in March and April but now everything is open, football changes in one week or two weeks.”