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Guardiola spent just 10 minutes preparing Man City for Man Utd game

Kevin De Bruyne reveals Pep Guardiola spent only TEN minutes training Manchester City on tactics prior to their comfortable 2-0 derby victory over rivals UnitedMan City cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over United in the local derby Kevin De Bruyne has revealed City spent just ten minutes training on tacticsPep Guardiola was uncertain as to what system Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would playUnited played with a back-five and barely laid a finger on City in the contest  By Kieran Lynch For Mailonline

Published: 18:28 EST, 11 November 2021 | Updated: 19:02 EST, 11 November 2021

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that Man City spent just ten minutes training on tactics ahead of their 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in cruise control throughout the Manchester derby, with United barely able to lay a finger on the reigning Premier League champions during the contest. 

However, there was some uncertainty on the Spaniard’s behalf before the contest, as he was unsure as to whether United would go with a back four or five.

Manchester City cruised to victory over their local rivals United in the derby this month

Kevin De Bruyne revealed they spent just ten minutes training on tactics before the contest

United played a back five in their 3-0 victory against Tottenham but went to a back four mid-way through their 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League, after Raphael Varane picked up an injury.

De Bruyne has added salt to United’s wound as he told Dutch podcast Mid Mid: ‘The day before a game we usually train tactically, based on how the opponent plays.

‘Before United, Pep said: ‘We don’t know how they are going to play. We shall see’. And we stopped training after 10 minutes or so.

City took an easy 2-0 win despite Guardiola not knowing how United would line-up

‘Often Pep knows how the opponent is going to play. This time he didn’t know, so he didn’t know what to do.

‘We have done what we always do, but he didn’t know beforehand if they would play with five at the back, with four, a diamond in the middle, or with three up front.’

In the end United played with a back five with three central defenders in Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly with Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The Red Devils first resorted to the system in the aftermath of their humiliating 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

United stuck with a back-five but struggled to lay a finger on City during the contest

De Bruyne’s side won thanks to an own goal from Eric Bailly and a Bernardo Silva strike

Bailly’s own goal and a defensive mix-up for Bernardo Silva’s close-range effort allowed Pep Guardiola’s side to walk away with the three points.

This isn’t the first time De Bruyne has revealed that City needed to do little work on the training ground ahead of a victory at Old Trafford.

City beat United 3-1 in a Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg back in January 2020.

Asked after the game how much tactical work had gone into their preparations, De Bruyne said: ‘We did 15 minutes this morning. That’s about it.

‘But it’s not like we never did it before so we did already a sometimes against teams who prefer to play man against man – Cardiff, United, I think Barcelona the way we did it the first year. So we’ve done it a couple of times.’

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