Manchester City did not have a solid plan ahead of the Manchester derby

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Pep did not know how United were going to play so Manchester City trained for 10 minutes ahead of the fixture

It was interesting how the Manchester derby went, especially as this is Manchester City’s first victory over Ole’s United in the Premier League. Manchester United were purely outclassed by their neighbours during the derby. The game ended 2-0 in favour of City, making it eight wins for Pep’s City at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Kevin De Bryune talked about Manchester City’s preparations ahead of the Manchester derby during international duty and what he revealed was quite shocking.

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“The day before a game we usually train tactically, based on how the opponent plays,” De Bruyne told the MidMid podcast.

“But before United, Pep said: ‘We don’t know how they are going to play. We shall see’. And we stopped training after 10 minutes or so.

“Often Pep knows how the opponent is going to play. This time he didn’t know, so he didn’t know what to do.

“We have done what we always do, but he didn’t know beforehand if they would play with five at the back, or with four, or with a diamond in the middle, or with three up front.”

Manchester City’s win was a big boost for them; they have moved up the table with 23 points and just 3 points away from league leaders Chelsea.


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