Pep Guardiola explains how to control Ronaldo on the Pitch

Pep Guardiola explains how to control Ronaldo on the Pitch

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes he knows how to control Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch, he explians how he applied it to defeat United 0-2 at Old Trafford.

Manchester United were beaten 2-0 by their City rivals on Saturday. The Citizens controlled the entire game, with Cristiano Ronaldo making Man United’s only shot on target in the first half.

Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford, he was unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The Portuguese had the fewest touches out of any player who started the match.

According to stats, Ronaldo, Sancho, Rashford and Bruno Fernandes all on the pitch but Man Utd didn’t have a single touch inside Man City’s box despite being 2-0 down at HT in the Manchester Derby.

In an interview after the game, Man City boss Pep Guardiola explained how his side limited Ronaldo’s chances.

“Let me be gentle. I can never analyse or judge the opponents and what they have done.

“The games have been quite similar in previous seasons when they beat us.

“They wait behind and ambush us on counter attack – they did not control those games.

“They waited, maybe because they respect us, which is a big compliment for us,

“But we did a good game. Rodri was excellent as were [Ilkay] Gundogan and Bernardo [Silva], and we wanted the ball.

“That’s the only way to control the transitions. I know how big talented players like Cristiano are, they suffer when they don’t have the ball. We wanted that.”

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Man United will face Watford after the International breaks on November 20. We hope Solskjaer will use this time to put things together to effect a positive result for Manchester United.

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