Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a startling revelation ahead of the Manchester Derby, admitting that he is yet to watch neighbours Manchester United play this season.
Guardiola’s long running rivalry with Jose Mourinho will be renewed once the two face off again on the 20th of September, for the first time since the pair went head to head in Spain’s El Clasico. Guardiola was manager of Barcelona back then, while Mourinho was at Real Madrid.
Both United as well as City got rid of their managers at the end of last season, and they could not have picked better replacements. The appointments of Guardiola and Mourinho look set to rekindle the Manchester Derby, which has been relatively damp since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The pair have got off to the perfect start in Manchester, with both City and United winning their first three games of the new Premier League season.
However, despite the brilliant start Mourinho’s Red Army has made to the new campaign, Guardiola has surprisingly admitted that he has not watched any of their games so far this season.
“Still I didn’t see Manchester United playing, so now I have 10 days to see United, Borussia Monchengladbach and other teams,” Pep said.
“We have to make an amazing performance to win at Old Trafford. I can imagine the atmosphere. I am looking forward to living that experience.”
The Spaniard will still have plenty of time to analyse and prepare for his team’s trip to Old Trafford, as the players leave for International duty for approximately two weeks.
The Blues are likely to be without star striker Sergio Aguero, who awaits a decision from the FA regarding an elbow on Winston Reid that was caught on camera during the club’s 3-1 win over West Ham.
Guardiola will be praying that the rest of his squad stays injury-free while away with their respective countries.
He added: “Hopefully, they [City’s players] come back with no injuries and in a good mood and we can do it.”