Everything seems rosy at Manchester City since Pep Guardiola took charge, eh?
While sportswashing is in full flow, the trophies and mouth watering possession-based football doesn’t change the fact that Man City have streams of money from extremely shady owners, who probably care less for football than human rights.
Anyhow, Ralf Rangnick still thinks City are the best team in the world currently and it’s hard to disagree when it comes to football. I, like many Reds, can’t wait for Pep Guardiola to get fed up with the empty seats at the Etihad every week. Oh wait…
In his pre-match press conference, Rangnick was asked about facing Guardiola for the first time this weekend, and his praise for City stems from how they’ve got one of the best managers in the world.
Unfortunately, so do our other rivals, with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Rangnick gave some insight into what he needs from his players on Sunday, insisting that there will be lots of tactical work, fighting with and without the ball, and tons of running.
“We know that we are playing one of, if not the best team in the world,” Rangnick said, as per Manchester Evening News.
“They have developed well since Pep arrived. The same happened at Bayern Munich and Barcelona. He is one of the best. We know what they are all about. It will be about a lot of tactical work, fighting with and without the ball.
“We have created a lot of chances in the last ten or 11 games. We scored four goals at Leeds and should have scored one, two or three goals against Watford. But I would have been more worried if we had not been creating chances. We are also compact when the other team is in possession of the ball.”
🗣 "He's one of the best and most influential managers in the last 10-15 years."
Ralf Rangnick on facing Pep Guardiola in his first Manchester derby this weekend pic.twitter.com/kZUB3t7DqE
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 4, 2022
Footage courtesy of Sky Sports News
City’s owners are among the worst in football, yet they have still managed to put a proper structure in place at Man City.
Rangnick was quizzed on whether United have what they need to compete with their rivals.
“To be honest, I haven’t thought about that,” he said. “I don’t know the structure at City. I know about people here. I am focused on getting the best out of the team until the end of the season.
“For the past five or six years, they have had a very good and clear identity. Pep has a clear idea of how he wants to play. This idea is the headline for everything that happens at the club; recruitment, players they will sign or who they may sell. This is the secret of their success and their guideline for everything that they do.
“That is for the players and other staff. All of the top clubs in Europe have that in common and this is something that needs to be improved and developed at Manchester United in the next two years.”