Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) considers that the match against Bruges in C1 will be « more important than the derby »


Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola assured this Tuesday that the reception of Club Brugge on Wednesday (9 p.m.), for the 4th day of Group A of the Champions League, would be « More important » for his team as the derby against United on Saturday.

« Pbecause it could allow a huge step forward towards the qualification ”, argued the Spanish technician, who was asked if he was tempted to run against the Belgians.

« We’ve been playing at an incredible level for a month, a month and a half »

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach

Second in group A, one length behind Paris SG, City would, in case of victory, take 5 points ahead of their opponent and have at least 6 over RB Leipzig, two days from the end of the group stage . “In the Premier League, there are plenty of matches. In C1, there are only 6 and now only three and they are decisive. Matches 3 and 4 are crucial and they must be taken very seriously ”, he continued.

Beaten by Crystal Palace (0-2), Saturday, in the Championship, after being taken out by West Ham (0-0, 3-5 on penalties) in the round of 16 of the League Cup of which he was the quadruple defending champion, City slowed down a bit, but the Catalan put it into perspective.

“We’ve been playing at an incredible level for a month, a month and a half. It might even be the best time since I’ve been here, on the way we play, he said. Obviously, the results also depend on a lot of circumstances, but on the fundamentals, we are very good. « 

« It is important that we come back to our habit of winning »

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker.

A feeling shared by right-back Kyle Walker, for whom « It is important that we come back to our habit of winning » matches. « With the derby coming at the end of the week, we have to cheer ourselves up to arrive with more confidence », he added.

In the first leg, on October 19, the Citizens easily won on the lawn of the Belgian club (5-1), thanks in particular to a double from the Algerian striker Riyad Mahrez.

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