Manchester United and Manchester City will battle it out in the first Manchester derby of the season this Saturday, but first both clubs must face a Champions League action. Manchester United will travel to Italy to play Atalanta while Manchester City will host Club Brugge.
Pep Guardiola when quizzed if he will field a weak squad to rest important players for the Manchester derby said the Club Brugge comes first and is more important than the Manchester derby. The comments come off disrespectful but is it really disrespectful?
"It's much more important this game than the United game. It gives us the chance to take an incredible step forward to qualify for the last 16. In the Premier League there are many games, here just six, now three left. Not much, and they are decisive, the third and fourth games. The most important games and we need to take them seriously."
Manchester United have been inconsistent in the past weeks and lost 5-0 to Liverpool weeks ago before bouncing back against Tottenham. Guardiola's comments could have been misconstrued as Manchester City need a win to boost their knockout qualification chances. The comment simply suggest City will take their games one after the other.