Manchester City playmaker, Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne, told the scenes of his team’s tactical preparations before facing rival Manchester United, last Saturday, in the English Premier League.
De Bruyne told the global website GOAL that his coach at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, was confused about the nature of the defensive structure that Manchester United would adopt under the leadership of his Norwegian coach, Gunnar Solskjaer, before their last confrontation in the 11th round of the English Premier League.
He added: “Usually, on the day before the match, we conduct a tactical analysis of the opponent’s matches. In one of these sessions before the Manchester United meeting, Guardiola said: We do not know how they will play .. Then we stopped training 10 minutes after the coach spoke.”
He explained: “Guardiola often knows how the opponent will play, this time he did not know how they would play (Manchester United), so he did not know what to do.”
And the Belgian star continued: “We did what we always do, but Guardiola did not know in advance whether United would play with five players in defense, four or three.”
Manchester United did not settle on one basic lineup this season, especially in the last matches, with the team’s results declining and some of its players being injured and suspended, as coach Solskjaer relied in some matches on the tactical approach 4-3-3, and in other matches on 3-5- 2 then 5-3-2.
It should be noted that Manchester City outperformed its rivals United in the last match between them, with two goals without a response, to raise the coach Guardiola’s battalion to the rank of the league with 23 points, while United fell to sixth place, with 20 points.
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