Revealed Jan 08, 2020
Jan 08, 2020 IST
Pep Guardiola stays cautious of a Manchester United comeback of their EFL Cup semi-final regardless of Manchester Metropolis’s 3-1 win at Outdated Trafford on Tuesday.
Metropolis had been largely dominant as Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez scored earlier than an Andreas Pereira personal aim within the first half.
Marcus Rashford struck within the second half for United, who will head to the Etihad Stadium for the second leg on January 29.
However Guardiola pointed to United’s comeback in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain in final season’s Champions League – once they recovered from a 2-Zero first-leg dwelling loss within the final 16 – as a warning to his crew.
“I’ve performed many instances in opposition to United, not simply right here, however once I was in Munich and particularly Barcelona, and two finals of the Champions League. In fact I’ve unimaginable respect for this membership and its historical past,” he informed a information convention.
“This membership helps this Premier League in England and in Europe, to make our recreation a greater place to be. In fact it is an unimaginable stage to return, an unimaginable state of affairs, and to attempt to play good like we did within the final instances we have got here right here is an honour.
“However that isn’t three factors, that isn’t carried out. Final season they misplaced 2-Zero to PSG and after they went to France and they certified.
“Something can occur in soccer and I do know after what occurred within the second half that they’re a harmful crew. Hopefully now in entrance of our folks, they will assist us like Man United assist their crew, and once more, qualify for the ultimate.”
AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER @BernardoCSilva!
— Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) January 8, 2020
After Metropolis dominated the primary half, United grew into the sport within the second and located a aim by Rashford.
Guardiola was happy together with his aspect’s opening 45 minutes, whereas praising United’s response.
“We performed good within the first half, we performed actually good. Within the second half they modified to a diamond [formation] and we struggled extra to press and so they discovered [space] behind our holding midfielders,” he stated.
“[Mason] Greenwood, we couldn’t press as a result of they’ve two weapons up entrance with [Daniel] James and Rashford, so it is tough for central defenders controlling these conditions.
“And naturally they’ve delight, they’re United in order that’s regular the response that they had in entrance of their folks.
“I take observe about what occurred within the second half for the second leg in three weeks, nevertheless it’s end result tonight for us.”
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