• David Tyrer

Guardiola confirms: He's terrified of Anfield

While it may have taken him a few goes to learn, Man City manager Pep Guardiola appears to have finally understood what many managers in the past have learned about Anfield.

Basically, don't underestimate it.

The amount of times visiting managers or players have played down the importance of Anfield, it's truly baffling. Particularly considering, invariably, it ends badly for them most of the time.

But in an interview with Catalan newspaper ARA: "I thought they’d score a goal at Anfield, and I am sure the players knew that Anfield is Anfield.

"The motto ‘This is Anfield’ is no marketing spin. There’s something about it that you will find in no other stadium in the world.

"They score a goal and over the next five minutes you feel that you’ll receive another four.

"You feel small and the rival players seem to be all over.

"We’ve all gone through what happened to Barca. They were laughing at me when we were losing 3-0 after the first 15, 20 minutes of the quarter-final.

"It’s a bugger of a ground."

Guardiola is, of course, referring to his old side getting thrashed 4-nil at Anfield in the semi of the Champions League in May, after believing that the second leg was a formality.

He's also had experience of it himself, with his players talking down the atmosphere and being on the end of some bad results himself.

As for next season, Guardiola feels that the Premier League will become Liverpool's top priority and expects another stiff challenge.

He continued: "Winning the Premier League is very hard, and I speak from experience.

"Liverpool claimed the Champions League trophy. This is the first time in 10 years that a team has won two consecutive league titles, which Barcelona has done many times [in La Liga].

"I am certain Liverpool are eager to win the Premier League. Liverpool have not won the league for 30 years, and we all saw what a team Liverpool were this year."

One thing is for sure, the City boss will find it no easier coming to Anfield than he has on any of his previous visits, having never won a game here with his City team!


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