Sunday, November 28

Guardiola fears Ronaldo and reduces the confrontation with Manchester United, and Solskjaer fears a repeat of the Liverpool scandal

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola refused, on Friday, to get carried away by the noise surrounding the Manchester summit against United on Saturday, saying that it is a special confrontation for the fans, but it is not the same as playing a semi-final or final match.

City will move to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the English Premier League on Saturday, where Guardiola’s team is 3 points ahead of its opponent after 10 rounds.

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When asked if this was the most important match for him, Guardiola said: “I don’t think so, maybe for some people. We try to make every match important, of course the top matches are important for a lot of emotional reasons but we want to achieve the same results, and in the end it’s not a final or a pre-match. Final”.

“I can imagine the importance of the match for both teams, but we have to be calm and know what we have to do and give our best, and there is nothing more than that.”

City recovered from a 0-2 loss at home to Crystal Palace in the Premier League at the weekend, with a big 4-1 victory over Club Brugge in the Champions League last Wednesday.

Guardiola added that City could adapt to playing without a clear striker, and had enough players to score goals, amid criticism of the champions suffering without a world-class striker.

“We have to be a little bit confident about the number of goals we scored last year without a striker in the absence of Sergio (Aguero) through injury. Perhaps in the future we can buy a suitable striker who will score goals, who knows?”

Third-placed City scored 20 goals in the Premier League this season, nine fewer than second-placed Liverpool, and six less than leaders Chelsea.

Guardiola is afraid of Ronaldo

United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 4 out of 8 confrontations with Guardiola in all competitions, and the Spanish coach indicated what he feared most about United by saying that the presence of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo made the opponent stronger.

He said, “The team improved with Ronaldo, they achieved good results against us. He has incredible physical strength, the United attack has the ability to win games; they run well behind, especially when (midfielder Bruno) Fernandes has the ball.”

Solskjaer regrets Varane’s absence

On the other hand, Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that French defender Raphael Varane has become an influential element in the team, and his absence for up to 5 weeks due to a hamstring injury is a strong blow to the team.

Varane, who moved to United for about 34 million pounds ($45.76 million) from Real Madrid in the last transfer window, returned to the team after injuring his thigh during the 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday.

But he suffered another problem in the first half of United’s 2-2 draw in Atlanta in the Champions League last Tuesday.

What if the Liverpool scandal is repeated?

The Manchester United coach fears that Varane’s absence will cause a major imbalance in the team’s defense, leading to a humiliating defeat, such as the one he suffered at Old Trafford against Liverpool (0-5) in the ninth round of the Premier League, especially that a new defeat, such as the one against Liverpool, may mean the departure of Solskjaer. About the team that suffers from fluctuating results despite the inclusion of a constellation of stars led by Ronaldo.

Solskjaer told reporters before hosting Manchester City, “With the current technical progress, we expect him to be absent from the team for 4 or 5 weeks;

He added, “Eric Bailey participated in the last game and was fantastic, so we have a large squad and we can cope with the absences.”

Solskjaer may also play the match without central defender Victor Lindelof, who suffers from an injury he sustained during training.

“There is still doubt about his participation, but I hope he will come back tomorrow and say he is ready, I expect him to be ready, but I can’t promise you that,” the Norwegian coach added.

Solskjaer said about his team’s 2-0 victory in March 2020, “It is a special match, the last match we played in the summit with fans in the stadium. -19″.

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