Don’t expect Pep Guardiola to give his Manchester City squad a rallying, “No one thinks we can win” speech before Sunday’s match against Liverpool at Anfield (Watch live at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
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Yes, City is injured, sits six points back of Liverpool, and has not won at Anfield since 2003, but Guardiola doesn’t view the situation as dire.
Not at all. From Sky Sports:
“The people outside the club, the people in the media they try to call us underdogs or not underdogs,” Guardiola said. “I have never felt like this. Never.”
Guardiola realizes that Liverpool has been fantastic and has a decent table advantage for this stage of the season.
But he’s simply confident, and doesn’t even stick the knife in regarding last season’s loss of a bigger table lead.
“Of course, they are six points ahead and have played fantastic all season, but I’m not going to take a bus to Anfield thinking I am going to lose the game. I never have thought that in my career. Always I think of something special to do and we will have our chance to win.
“We know to win this game we must be at our top level. We need an incredible attention to detail. You must believe you can win the game, but we will see what will happens.”
Is it 11:30 a.m. ET yet?