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Pep Guardiola says he knows why Rafa Benitez uses these tactics – Newcastle United press conference

1 year ago
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Pep Guardiola has spoken to the media on Friday afternoon.

The Manchester City boss talking about the match against Newcastle United on Saturday, amongst other things.

Asked about Manchester United’s crisis and pressure on Jose Mourinho, as well as the small matter of the Champions League, Guardiola was also predictably quizzed about Rafa’s defensive tactics.

Rather than criticise the Newcastle boss, the Man City manager simply explained: ‘He does it because he believes it is the best way to get points and we are going to adapt.’

Pep Guardiola says he just concentrates on preparing his own team, rather than worrying about what the opposition are planning.

Which is obviously what you should do when every player in your team (and indeed matchday squad) are quality players.

Pep Guardiola:

Newcastle did it (defensive tactics) against us away last season.

“I haven’t spoken with Rafa so I don’t know if he will do the same.

“He does it because he believes it is the best way to get points and we are going to adapt.

“We spend more time on what we have to do in ourselves because at the end, we can just imagine what our opponents our going to do but we don’t know 100%.

“Against Huddersfield we expected them to play with five at the back and they played with four.

“Our job depends on results. When we win, we are good. When we don’t win, we are not good.

“All the managers in the Premier League are top managers.

“The Champions League gets tougher every season, the teams are much better.

“It depends on our performance and of course we are going to try to go through.

“I’m not thinking about the final right now. It is in June and we are in August.

“We focus now on the Premier League and then we will focus on the first game (in the Champions League) and try to get points to go through.

“Manchester United remain a top team.

“We are just in August. They are there but it is just in August, there are a lot of points to play. After the international break the real season starts.”

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