Peter Schmeichel spices things up ahead of derby
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has taken a pop of Man City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of the big Manchester derby on Saturday.
Guardiola is in his first season as Man City boss, and arrives with a fantastic record of winning trophies from previous spells at Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
He won the Champions League twice with Barcelona, along with 3 league titles and 2 Spanish cups. At Bayern, he won the league title twice. He parted company with Bayern in May to come to the Premier League for the first time.
Despite his incredible reputation in world football, Schmeichel had his own words to say about Guardiola, as he prepares his side to face United at Old Trafford on Saturday in the biggest game of the season so far.
“What he did with Barcelona was fantastic,” Schmeichel, who completed his career with one season at City, told Omnisport.
“He was very lucky he had the players at Barcelona but he was clever in what he did.
“The Premier League is a completely different animal to any other in the world. It just goes on and on and on, you feel it never stops, even in March you have 12 games to go, you think will this ever stop?
“He was okay at Bayern Munich. I have to say he was okay. For me, personally, he changed a really good, entertaining team to be become more boring to watch.”
Schmeichel also reckons former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had a superior philosophy to Guardiola.
“Whereas Alex Ferguson’s first priority was ‘we have to be able to score goals’ – for most coaches that’s the priority – with Pep it’s possession, I want to have as much possession as possible,” Schmeichel said.
“So the philosophy goes to ‘I want to have so much possession that at some point we’ll score a goal from that, the goals will come from possession’ and that’s his philosophy.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10