Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

De Bruyne reveals extent of his relationship with Mourinho

De Bruyne reveals extent of his relationship with Mourinho

Guardiola's comments come just 24 hours ahead of the Manchester derby - where City can clinch the title with a win over their rivals at the Etihad.

A victory for City against neighbours United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday would seal the Premier League title after a trophy-less first season in charge.

It's the flawless opportunity to put Wednesday's humiliating 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Champions League behind them.

"We have to see the condition of the players".

The Catalan boss faces a conundrum before this fixture, safe in the knowledge that his opposite number Mourinho would like nothing more than to wreak havoc on City's season.

The 26-year-old has played 135 times for City, scoring 34 goals and assisting a further 57 strikes.

But the Blues will go into this game - with a bit of concern after their momentum was brought to a crushing halt by a heavy defeat in the Champions League Quarter-final first leg away from home against Liverpool. You have to live these situations, once, twice or three times to become better players. He was a brilliant player in a great generation of very good English players and then he was a Chelsea man for many years, connected with the coaching staff and then as an opponent, because I think the last time he was coaching was with Aston Villa, if I'm not wrong.

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Manchester United have two injury concerns at the moment as defender Daley Blind (ankle) and goalkeeper Sergio Romero (knee) will be watching the derby from the stands. "We have training this afternoon and we are going to see his physical condition", Pep said about Aguero's status for the derby. We don't have enough money to buy Pogba because he is so expensive.

"We are close to being champions", he said in his press conference on Friday. Heading into the 33rd round, City has registered 27 wins from 31 league games and have tasted defeat on a single occasion.

"We are not, because City has a very good number of points that makes very, very hard for the second (placed team) to be fighting for the title, which we are not in this moment".

"I reviewed the Liverpool game and they played like they always play at Anfield".

Pogba will be expected to play in midfield for United on Saturday, having returned to Mourinho's starting XI for the 2-0 win over Swansea City. "We are thinking about recovering the players, about playing in front of our fans, creating a good game to put them (Liverpool) under pressure". There will be a second chance after United, but not after Liverpool. The door is nearly closed but it is still a little bit open.

"We defend the badge, the club the best way possible".

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