Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo says that the Manchester Derby is always an important fixture, no matter the points gap between the two clubs. The Portuguese spoke his mind in the build-up this weekend’s top of the table clash.
In an exclusive interview with the official club website, the 27-year old had this to say on the importance of the Derby.
“A derby is always important. There's a big history behind the game and around Manchester. But we are Man City and, as always, we are going to try and win the game. We will do everything to win it and I believe our group is ready for what is coming.”
While still remaining confident in his team's ability, the technical full-back stated his respect for the talent that Manchester United boasts.
"We are a very integrated team and that has been visible on the pitch. Man United iss a team that likes to counterattack. They have very talented and fast players upfront and it is vital that we stop their attacks, which is their strength..."
However, the Premier League leaders new found defensive solidity this season has instilled confidence in the squad when dealing with teams like Manchester United, says Cancelo.
“The moment we lose the ball, we react very fast. Sometimes when I watch our videos, I can see the moment one of us loses possession, within seconds we have lots of players behind the ball. I believe that is the secret for a team’s success..."
"By doing that [stopping United’s attack], we know we are closer to winning this game. In fact, not only this game but against every team. I believe this is the route we must follow, that we can continue this approach and we can bring a lot of success to our home this season.”
Cancelo and his fellow City teammates will look to extend their winning run to 22 consecutive matches, and extend the gap at the top of the Premier League to 17 points.
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