“Football Is Not Copy And Paste,” Says Pep Guardiola.

Chidalu Obiajulu

Pep Guardiola the former Barcelona and Spanish player,who excelled in his coaching career in Barcelona and Bayern Munich and currently the manager of Manchester City for five good seasons, ahead of the Manchester vs Derby match, which will be by 1:30pm on Saturday, emphasized on football not being ‘Copy and paste’, referring to the trashing of United by Liverpool last month.

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City do not have the quality to replicate Liverpool’s 5-0 victory over Manchester United when they face the Red Devils on Saturday.

The Reds from the Merseyside Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever margin of victory against United in last month’s contest, thanks to Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and goals from Nany Keita and Diogo Jota.

The huge lose margin against Liverpool marked the first time United have lost by five or more goals without scoring since February 1955, when going down 5-0 to City.

Manchester United have a good recent and eye watering record against City, however, having gone unbeaten against them in four league meetings – their best run since between 2008 and 2011 (six matches).

Ole Gunnar, Manchester United coach, four wins from eight encounters with Guardiola in all competitions, meanwhile, is the best win rate of any manager to have faced the Catalan coach at least five times (50 per cent).

Guardiola whose main is always a back four, is expected to operate with the same 4-3-3 system used by Liverpool at Old Trafford two weeks ago, but he is not anticipating the same high-scoring outcome against United, who have since reverted from a three-man defence to a back four.

“We can’t just play like them, we just couldn’t do that or even replicate that. We do not have the quality to play like how Liverpool played,” he told reporters on Friday. “Football is not copy and paste. 

“The Reds of Manchester made some changes against Tottenham and also adapted against Tottenham and it worked, but against Atalanta, after the injury to Raphael Varane they changed to a back four. 

“I actually know United’s style of play both when winning and losing,” says Pep. “They put on more strikers because they were losing. I know United’s style is when they are losing they put on a lot of strikers and when they are winning they put on defenders.”

City’s manager, whose side has failed to score in just three of their 10 Premier League games this season, the last being against Crystal Palace, added: “If you want to do what Liverpool did then Jurgen Klopp has to come here and then [Sadio] Mane can come and Salah can come.

“We can’t play exactly just like Liverpool, because we have different tactics and players on our team, there’s always a difference between how we play and them. I think if you see the last four, five or six years in the Premier League, the games when Liverpool have played City, we play differently. 

“We ain’t doing same like Liverpool, but if so we’ll do it according to our own way, trying to replicate or inflict our own wrath. It would not be wise. We are going to try our way to play because we have completely different players, the quality in a different way.

“Probably or Maybe right now, United would play against Liverpool in a different way, maybe it won’t be the United we saw against Liverpool I’m pretty sure about that, and maybe it would not be the result they had at Old Trafford, because everyone learns. 

“The coach has now learnt from the previous game what worked or didn’t work, and tries to fix it, that’s why we cannot do it, that’s normal.”

The current champions suffered a shocking 2-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace last time out in the Premier League after a triple defensive mistake, which saw them conceding two goals in different halfs and a red card for Aymeric LaPorte (defender), a result that leaves them five points behind leaders Chelsea with 10 games played.

The undisputed current reigning champions of English football have lost three of their last four league clashes with United, as many as in the previous 16, and have failed to score in three successive meetings with them.

The well known genius for his tactics pinpoints the importance of winning on enemy’s territory this time around if City are to avoid losing further ground in the title race.

“We’ll try hard and do our possible best to try and win, though it’s hard,” Pep said. “We try to do it and afterwards we see what happens.

“As it stands now, am not really bothered about the calendar, how many points we are trailing in front or behind. We know the quality of the contenders, we know how difficult our opponent is. We will just try to play,” he concluded.