Premier League

Pep Guardiola reveals how Man City dealt with Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester derby win

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo struggled for Manchester United in his game against Manchester City
Cristiano Ronaldo struggled for Manchester United in his game against Manchester City / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has opened up on how his side dealt with Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo during their 2-0 win over their rivals in the Manchester derby in the Premier League on Sunday.

City coasted to a 2-0 win over their rivals on Saturday, with the Red Devils struggling to compete with their neighbours, as they registered just one shot on target all game, while Ronaldo had the fewest touches out of any player who started the match.

Guardiola revealed that the City’s game plan was to control the game, meaning that any attempt by United would only come through via a counter-attack.

"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," he said when asked about his tactical approach.

"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."

The win on the night meant that City have now jumped to second in the Premier League table with 23 points from 11 games, three points behind table toppers, Chelsea.