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Kevin De Bruyne: Pep Guardiola plotted Man United demolition in half an hour

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Kevin De Bruyne: Pep Guardiola

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that Pep Guardiola conducted tactical preparation for the Manchester Derby for just half an hour. City turned up the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they beat them 2-0 at Old Trafford. United had deployed the 3-5-2 formation against Tottenham in a 3-0 victory and once again did so against the defending champions. Although this time the formation failed miserably against the false nine of Manchester City with the home side not managing a single shot on goal.

“The day before a game we usually train tactically, based on how the opponent plays,” Kevin De Bruyne said about Pep Guardiola. “But before United, Pep said: ‘We don’t know how they are going to play. We shall see’. And we stopped training after 10 minutes or so. Often Pep knows how the opponent is going to play. This time he didn’t know, so he didn’t know what to do. We have done what we always do, but he didn’t know beforehand if they would play with five at the back, or with four, or with a diamond in the middle, or with three up front.”

“We did 15 minutes this morning. That’s about it,” he added. “But it’s not like we never did it before so we did already a sometimes against teams who prefer to play man against man – Cardiff, United, I think Barcelona the way we did it the first year. So we’ve done it a couple of times.”

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