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Pep Guardiola Labelled 'Cheat Code Manager' After 'Five Minutes' Comment In Pre-Match Interview

Jack Kenmare

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Pep Guardiola Labelled 'Cheat Code Manager' After 'Five Minutes' Comment In Pre-Match Interview

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It took Kevin de Bruyne just 262 seconds to give Manchester City the lead in Sunday's Manchester derby, making Pep Guardiola's pre-match comments all the more interesting.

Ahead of kick-off, Guardiola was asked about Cristiano Ronaldo's absence for Manchester United and how they would line-up in regards to their formation. "It is an option [the false nine]," he said.

"They have played like this with Fernandes as holding midfield, or maybe 4-4-2 diamond. The shape, the intention they want to do. They can play with the wingers as Bruno and Pogba and come inside. We will see after five minutes."

Just look at that mischievous smile after saying we would all see after five minutes.

One Twitter user reacted to the clip by saying: "Man saw it coming from the press room," while another commented: "He's so good he can even predict when City will score."

Kevin de Bruyne gave Premier League leaders City a 1-0 lead when he slotted the ball through Harry Maguire's legs and past David de Gea, who had no chance between the sticks.

It has been an entertaining half at the Etihad. Jadon Sancho equalised against his former club with a cracking finish and in spells, United looked dangerous going forward.

But the prolific De Bruyne scored his brace to give City a deserved lead at the half-time break.

In terms of that pre-match interview, Guardiola was certainly aware of United's threat on the counter attack.

"Every game is different. United are always a tough opponent. Being upfront in the table or tight or behind, always a tough game in the previous seasons.

"Counter attacks, with Ralf maybe different if Cristiano doesn't play because they'll be more aggressive for the philosophy he has."

Thoughts on that first-half at the Etihad?

Let us know in the comments.


Topics: Manchester City, Manchester United, Pep Guardiola

Jack Kenmare
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