Pep Guardiola names these two Wolves players he’s wary of ahead of Manchester City clash
Pep Guardiola might’ve seen his Manchester City side dismantle Rotherham United and Burton Albion in recent matches – wins that yielded a phenomenal 16 goals – but he’ll be taking the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers anything but lightly on Monday evening.
Wolves will make the trip north to the Etihad Stadium high on confidence after seeing off Liverpool last Monday and sealing their place in the next round of the FA Cup.
City, albeit against lower league opponents, haven’t been messing around – they also beat Liverpool in what was a key meeting at the top of the Premier League table.
This is will be the third meeting between Nuno and Guardiola in this country and, in the space of 90 minutes at least, City have failed to overcome the old gold.
The Spaniard picked out midfield pair Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves – and their renowned set-piece danger – as a particular threat when Wanderers arrive.
“We realised that they will be difficult to play last season in Carabao Cup,” Guardiola said.
“We saw how complicated they are. Strong, physical, good set pieces, strong on the counter attack. When you are tired in the last minutes, they put on new players. They defend deep, switch play, control many areas.
“They have good set pieces with Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves. That’s why they are doing incredibly well, for a promoted team, in the Premier League.”