Man City boss Pep Guardiola fully focused on derby vs Man Utd after thrashing Club Brugge

Posted Friday, November 05, 2021 by

Pep Guardiola immediately turned his attention to Saturday's derby against Manchester United after his side brushed off Club Brugge for a second time.

City followed up their 5-1 win over the Belgian side a fortnight ago with a 4-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium to move to the top of Champions League Group A.

Guardiola defended his claims that the game with Brugge was the most important of the week for his team, with the Manchester derby next up in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, live on Sky Sports.

City manager Guardiola said: "The people were taking the p*** for me saying today was more important than United - and it was. But now the most important game ever is Man Utd."

Man City boss Pep Guardiola fully focused on derby vs Man Utd after thrashing Club Brugge

Asked if he was concerned about the short turnaround prior to the game at 12.30pm on Saturday, Guardiola said: "No. If it was tomorrow we would play tomorrow.

"The schedule is the schedule, sometimes we play Tuesday, sometimes Friday. Sometimes it is 12.30 or sometimes 5.30pm. I am pretty sure at 12.30 on Saturday we will be at Old Trafford."

Guardiola raised some eyebrows in a post-match TV interview by saying City do not get "any help".

"When you are Manchester City you realise nobody helps you - no one," he told BT Sport.

"Everything we have done, we have to do it. That is why I am so satisfied. When you are in big clubs, after that, I understand. Maybe. Here no. If we win, we do it. I know it perfectly (because) all the titles I won before I did at big clubs."

Asked if that meant his City's successes meant more, he said: "Absolutely. The pleasure is higher."

The Spaniard was asked if he could clarify his comments in his press conference but got frustrated as he tried to get his point across.

He said: "Listen don't misunderstand me. What I'm saying is what we've done we did it, we deserved it. We did it for ourselves. That is so good and that is why I'm very pleased."

Asked what he felt he was not getting help with, he said: "We don't have to be helped, absolutely not. We have to do it for ourselves."

Guardiola reflected positively on the game, which City won with goals in the second half from Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus after a John Stones own goal had cancelled out Phil Foden's opener.

He said: "It was fully deserved. The second half was really good. They defended so deep and attacked the channels so it was not easy, but it was a good game and a good victory.

"It was important to take the six points against Brugge after our defeat in Paris. We need one more point to qualify, or three to be first, and we will try to do it."

Brugge coach Philippe Clement accepted City deserved their victory but felt the scoreline did not reflect his side's efforts.

Clement said: "I think we played better than in the home match. We have learned lessons. We created a lot of chances and, although we faced a lot of pressure, which we expected, we didn't give away a lot of chances.

"We deserved our goal but the turning point was in the second half. We had that chance to make it 2-1 and we could have made them doubt more.

"At the end of the day 4-1 is an exaggerated scoreline. Manchester City deserved to win but I don't think the difference (between the sides) was that great."

What's next?

Manchester City travel to Old Trafford on Saturday to face their fierce rivals Manchester United, live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 11.30pm; kick-off is at 12.30pm.

Guardiola's side return to Champions League action on Wednesday November 24 when they host Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad; kick-off 8pm.

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