Manchester – Pep Guardiola has “never” felt like an underdog and insists even a frightening journey to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday won’t alter his perception in his Manchester Metropolis facet.
Guardiola takes Metropolis into Sunday’s conflict with every little thing seemingly in favour of the house facet.
The European champions have a six-point benefit on the high of the Premier League and have misplaced just one – a 2-1 defeat by Metropolis again in January – of their final 50 league video games.
Guardiola should additionally do with out goalkeeper Ederson for the match at Anfield, with the Brazilian having picked up a muscle damage within the midweek draw away to Atalanta within the Champions League, so as to add to the losses of Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri to accidents.
However the Metropolis supervisor nonetheless believes that his gamers can obtain solely their second win at Liverpool’s floor within the final 38 years.
Guardiola, who has received 28 trophies in his profession as a supervisor at Metropolis, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, stated: “What does it imply to be an outsider?
“Individuals say ‘you are an outsider or not, an underdog or not’. However I’ve by no means gone right into a recreation feeling like an outsider and feeling like I am not going to win. I by no means felt that.
“After all, they’re ready six factors forward, they’re enjoying implausible all season and we now have many issues in some departments.
“However I am not going to take the bus to Anfield pondering I will lose the sport. That has by no means occurred in my profession.
“I always had the feeling that if we do the special things we plan to do, we will have our chance to win.”
Metropolis have already suffered two shock losses within the league this season to Norwich and at house to Wolves to depart themselves enjoying catch-up to Jurgen Klopp’s staff with solely 11 video games gone.
And Guardiola is aware of it’s going to take top-of-the-line shows from his time at Metropolis to inflict a primary house defeat within the league on Liverpool since April 2017.
“We know we need our best performance,” he says.
“To win this type of recreation, you must be on the high stage, positively. We won’t be half and half.
“The best way they play, they demand unbelievable consideration within the all the main points for 95 minutes. We all know that.
“However that’s the level. I am fairly positive that if there’s an opportunity to win at Anfield, it is once you imagine you are going to win the sport.
“For those who suppose, ‘Let’s simply see what occurs’, towards that staff there, I believe it’s not doable.”
Guardiola has misplaced three and drawn solely one in every of his 4 visits to Anfield throughout his time in cost at Metropolis.
The Sky Blues’ final victory there got here courtesy of two objectives from former France worldwide Nicolas Anelka in Could 2003.
Membership greats like David Silva and Sergio Aguero have by no means received there, and the Argentine – City’s all-time main goal-scorer – has by no means even scored there.
“I can not clarify it,” says Guardiola. “I can solely clarify the interval after I was right here.
“I’d attempt to inform the gamers what they should do and concentrate on what we now have to do to win the sport in psychological method and tactical selections.
“I do not imagine a lot in statistics however 38 years for one time means how tough it’s at Anfield.”