The wave of difficult fixtures continue into September for Newcastle as they prepare to lock horns against Premier League champions Manchester City.
Both managers had very different opinions during their press conferences, Rafa’s reactions were both professional and positive but when asked on tactics for city, he did not give anything away. Pep Guardiola’s reactions to the questions were more revealing towards his plans for how to handle Newcastle.
Comments from the press conference
Rafa when asked about team news: “Shelvey and Ritchie are out, Manquillo back in training but not first team ready and Lascelles is available”.
Rafa when asked to comment on the importance of Jamaal Lascelles returning from injury: “He is an important player. When you miss important games you know it will be difficult but with him coming back. With him coming back it is good for the confidence, hopefully he can make the difference”
Rafa when asked about what he thinks is the best approach for City: “What we did in the past, getting points against the top sides and assure that we do the best for the club. So we don’t need to prove anything we have do something good for us, go there and try to get 3 points, try to get 1 point that is good for us”.
Pep when asked about Newcastle’s 5 at the back tactics: “Last season he played 5 at the back, City will have to adapt and try to defend and attack well against Newcastle’s system”
Pep when asked about the key tactics for breaking down a side that defends like Newcastle’s: “The wider you are it will provoke the opponents to be wider and the spaces are more open”
Predicted teams for the match:
Very little confidence in Newcastle. Manchester City are not stunned by teams that park the bus and can patiently jab Newcastle’s defence until there’s an opening. Newcastle will be in the game for the most parts but City’s possession and press will tire the players out. Result 2-0.
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