"Never my intention to offend" - Pep Guardiola Press Conference Highlights (vs Man United)
Manchester City bring a 3-1 lead back to the Etihad Stadium as they look to reach their third successive Carabao Cup final. Three early goals put City in pole position in the tie, but a late Marcus Rashford goal may give the visitors some hope.
Here's what the boss had to say when he faced the media ahead of this one...
Guardiola on City's attendance
The comments made by Pep Guardiola on the low attendance against Fulham has attracted criticism from plenty of Manchester City fans. He's responded to this criticism today:
"First of all I understand it. Never it was my intention to offend them. But until the last day here I will fight to see the Etihad full every single game. It's up to us to play good, to seduce them to come.We want to see the people enjoy together the games."
“Since I was here I learned about FA Cup and the Premier League, it’s more important to this club than the Champions League, so it’s my mistake that I thought it would be full at 1pm on a Sunday. I will try again to push them to be with us.
If it’s full every single game it will be better. It’s so nice to have the fans here, I’ll always be grateful for the support.”
United have to be 'perfect'
Manchester United have a big task ahead if they're to progress through to the final, and Pep Guardiola knows they're capable of just that:
"It’s Man United, they can do it, they have done it, they have to do almost a perfect game. In these kinds of games against incredible teams with incredible history, they have pride. I know how difficult it will be to reach the final.
We have to be careful about the counter attack, the set pieces and how good United play. They have nothing to lose, they’re going to attack, we have to control our emotions and we have to try to score goals.”
He's also responded to comments made by the Manchester United manager about 'respecting' tomorrows opponents:
"I show respect to my opponents from day one of my career to now. We did it against Fulham, we always show respect to the opponents.”
Pep Guardiola confirmed that Aymeric Laporte is a 'doubt' for the Manchester Derby. That means that he could possibly join Leroy Sané on the sidelines for this one.
"We have some doubts, tomorrow we’ll do our last check and decide. Laporte is one of the doubts.”
David Silva - a future manager?
There were some interesting quotes in midweek from Phil Foden regarding David Silva. Foden suggested that Silva could, one day, become a future Manchester City boss; with the Spaniard correcting errors the youngster makes in-game. Pep Guardiola was asked about this possibility:
"I like it, you need players on the pitch who can see what they say and make a decision, they don’t wait until half-time, we need it, but what David wants to do I don’t know.
It would be nice, these types of players with incredible experience, but it depends.”
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