Manchester City's Sergio Aguero to have fitness test ahead of United derby

07 April, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Cary Erickson
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola told a news conference that his team is exhausted and that they need the fans' help in tomorrow's blockbuster Manchester Derby.

It would be a major surprise if Mourinho changed his strategy on Saturday, even though United could face a depleted City owing to the match coming in the middle of a two-leg Champions League quarterfinal with Liverpool.

Guardiola has confirmed that Sergio Aguero will have a late fitness test ahead of the game after taking part in light training on Friday.

"He is so strong", said the City boss. Sadly, Pogba has yet to fulfil it at Old Trafford with his form so disappointing that Jose Mourinho has dropped him this year. It is the first time he plays in Anfield, in his first knockout (phase) in the Champions League. He's the boss. You can be good with each other but still there is a distance between a coach and a player.

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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 need the support because we are so exhausted (and) because United rest all week". It is a question of rotating his squad to ensure City has the best chance in Tuesday's second leg against Liverpool, but the defeat at Anfield will have given the Catalan not so much food for thought as a full-blown banquet. "We try to pass the ball because we believe the players are football players to play with the ball and we try to let them enjoy [being] with the ball". "We just have to be focused on what we have to do to win the game", he told a news conference. "We are not because City has a very good number of points that makes it very hard". So he has to protect his players and he has to know so he can not bring the players a guy like me, like a dog.

United won the title by the widest margin when they took it by 18 points in 1999-2000 but that record could also fall to City, who, with 88 goals scored, have their sights set on Chelsea's 103 netted in 2009-2010.

It will also be impossible for The Citizens not to have one eye on the game next week against Liverpool which in reality is a far bigger game than this and they have a mountain to climb. They will have lost a lot of confidence from that Liverpool loss - no shot on target in 90 minutes, the way they've been playing.

Mourinho has in the past been accused of "parking the bus" at away matches but he surely knows that if United are to have any chance of victory they must attack, attack, attack at the Etihad. "The door is nearly closed but a little bit open and maybe there is some space for us to get in".

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