Pep Guardiola calls for City fans' help in Manchester derby

Dean Simpson
April 7, 2018

United's recent derby record is awful, losing eight of the last 13 league games.

It would be utter humiliation for United to see City, the noisy neighbor, winning the league on derby day and in record time, too. On top of the sheer audacity of trying to tempt the Abu Dhabi-owned club into bidding for one of United's most valuable assets, Raiola's strategy involved placing the France midfielder under the stewardship of a coach he recently described as "an absolute zero. a coward, a dog". "I'm not really somebody who speaks a lot with coaches", he told The BBC.

"But I'm surprised, because I am a dog, he wants his players to come to here".

"Why he offer? He was interested in Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us". I think United will turn up and play for a 0-0, but I just don't see City not breaking them down before 90 minutes is up.

"Comparing (me to) a dog is bad".

There has been hostility between Guardiola and Raiola since one of Raiola's most high-profile clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was forced out of Barcelona when Guardiola coached the Spanish team.

Shortly after Guardiola's comments became public, Pogba posted a tweet which appeared to respond to the City manager, tweeting: "Say what?". He's a coward, a dog.

Manchester City have the opportunity to secure the Premier League title in the Manchester derby on Saturday. Therefore, it seems highly likely that Guardiola will rotate his side - or, at least, omit some of those who are guaranteed to start on Tuesday. But, he said as well that I am a top manager.

Victory for Pep Guardiola's side would seal the Spaniard's first Premier League title after a season of dominance over their rivals. The Catalan then said he had "a question" about Raiola's behaviour.

Guardiola made his fantastic statement after being asked whether Jose Mourinho still represented a fierce rival, given the history between the two which reached a boiling point when they managed Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively. I am not a good guy. "But (this) guy two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us".

So while Mourinho's argument is backed up by facts, the reality is his side are a massive 16 points behind City, as he admits they have been chasing the minor prizes for some time.

"No", said the United player still reeling from a defeat to Sevilla, when asked about this derby, "we can't lose there".

United haven't had a bad season by any stretch of the imagination, and the progress they have made under Jose Mourinho hasn't always been obvious, but it's most definitely there. Liverpool have now twice beaten City with performances based on pressing, pace and attacking flair.

Asked whether he would ever sign a player represented by Raiola, Guardiola, again doubled down on the sarcasm: "I am not a good guy".

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