Pep Guardiola pleased with Manchester City-style 'Fergie time'

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

After Huddersfield Town and Southampton were beaten in City's previous two games thanks to Raheem Sterling's strikes, the City manager was asked if his side now have their own version of "Fergie time".

"If we can take something about the 'Fergie time, ' it is welcome, a pleasure". "I was not here in that period but of course you have to have that".

Spurs could only manage a 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday, and they have claimed only one win in their last six games.

Silva produced his impressive volley after Nicolas Otamendi struck in the second half to cancel out a first ever league goal from Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna just before the interval. I am not judging but it is hard.

"They played 10 players inside the box, it was nearly impossible".

The Catalan rested Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho on the bench - the influential duo a yellow card away from a Manchester derby suspension - and City offered early encouragement to their opponents by displaying the set-piece vulnerability that has plagued them of late.

Since Guardiola's taken charge of the side their relationship has been on and off.

'I think the effort and energy of the players will give us a real chance'. I think what happened, the opponent doesn't want to play.

Both clubs have Champions League group games to fulfil before arguably the biggest game of the Premier League season, City against Shakhtar Donetsk and United versus CSKA Moscow, but the build-up starts now.

City's victory was their 13th in succession in the Premier League, a club record 20th straight in all competitions and restored an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

"It would be nice (to do it at Old Trafford)". "It's a derby, we want to win that game".

David Moyes is still to register a win in four matches since taking over as manager of West Ham, which is in next-to-last place. "He played really well, the test now is can he do it against Chelsea next week and then against Arsenal".

TV rights holders of more than 20 crews will be in attendance and, as a result, United feel the tunnel will be too busy to accommodate another which is not an official Premier League broadcast partner.

"We hoped we wouldn't lose any game this season".

However despite not impressing Platt in the Charity Shield, the Argentinian worldwide stepped up on his Premier League debut against Swansea grabbing a brace in a late second-half cameo.

" I thought (Silva) would never be a Premier League player, In two weeks of training, you didn't think he's not going to be strong enough to actually live up to the physical demands of the Premier League, me and the other Italian coach thought that he could get us the sack!"

As for the pragmatic approach he sent the team out with, Moyes made no apology. I understand. Don't misunderstand me.

And Guardiola has told any rivals who plan on sitting back to expect a gung-ho City after they left it late to beat West Ham on Sunday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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