Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that he anticipates an ‘aggressive’ team as Man City face Red Star Belgrade today, in the opening group match of the Champions League this season.
Pep Guardiola’s side are to host Red Star Belgrade at the Etihad today Tuesday 19th September at 20:00(UK)
Pep believes his team will have their best start as they face an ‘aggressive’ Barak Bakhar’s side which went unbeaten last season.
“I remember Red Star. I remember when I was a young boy, Maradona playing there and make a goal when he kicked the ball over the keeper,” he explained.
“I remember that fresh in my memory and the amazing squad.
“Always is a nice atmosphere. I remember perfectly well in Croatia. The culture for Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro this kind. Lovely country and they have an incredible mentality.
“They are competitors. All the incredible athletes water polo, look now Djokovic all the incredible athletes. All the competitors. I don’t know why but for the schools for the kids they have something special.
“[They are] so aggressive. In some moments they don’t defend man to man. Sometimes they defend man to man. We have to be ready. [They are] quick in the transitions good runners.
“Typical system a 5-3-2 when they attack or a 5-2-3 with a lot of players in the final third. We have to be able to read well what we have to do tomorrow.
“Well I saw last season [Bakhar was] with Maccabi Haifa in a difficult group Juventus, Benfica and PSG.
“What I saw, because we saw a little bit, my staff analyse what he has done with Maccabi Haifa against Mbappe, Messi and Neymar for example. Very impressed with the courage and bravery to play against them. Doesn’t matter what happened.
“We think tomorrow is going to be quite similar.”