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Pep Guardiola on why it is ‘no longer scary’ to visit Old Trafford

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has this evening opened up on his side’s upcoming Manchester derby showdown with United.

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The Citizens are set to travel to Old Trafford tomorrow evening, for a crucial clash in the race for both the Premier League crown, and a spot in the top-4.

City’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday afternoon, their 10th-straight in the league, saw them reclaim their spot atop the English top-flight.

However, the champions’ stint as leaders proved short-lived, as Liverpool followed suit with a victory of their own versus Cardiff on Sunday to leapfrog the Sky Blues once again.

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Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool FC at Cardiff City Stadium. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Tomorrow night’s Manchester derby, though, stands as Man City’s game-in-hand over the Reds.

As such, a 3-point haul for the visitors at Old Trafford would see Pep Guardiola’s men in pole position to retain their Premier League crown, with just 3 fixtures remaining.

‘Before the gap was bigger’

And the task awaiting his side on the red half of Manchester is not one that appears to overly-concern City boss Guardiola.

Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, the Spanish tactician was questioned on his side’s recent derby dominance, with Guardiola having revealed his opinion that his side’s exponential growth over the last 10 years means a trip to Old Trafford is ‘not scary’ anymore:

 ‘I don’t make theories about what happened in the past or for what is going to happen in the future. Every game is completely different from the previous one.’

‘The most important reason why is maybe the fact this club, in the last decade, grew a lot. And that is why it is not scary to go there when before it was more difficult.’

‘The players Manchester City have had in the last 10 seasons have made this game a little bit more equal when before the gap was bigger. Maybe that is the reason but honestly I don’t know.’

Quotes via RTE

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