Man City boss Pep Guardiola labels Man Utd as ‘weak’ ahead of Sevilla blow

Man City boss Pep Guardiola labels Man Utd as ‘weak’ ahead of Sevilla blow

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, referred to Manchester United as “weak” when discussing the Super Bowl.

The Super Cup pits the Champions League champions against the Europa League champions.

And City is competing for the first time, having won the Champions League for the first time last season.

In the competition, Pep Guardiola’s squad will face perennial Europa League champions Sevilla. La Liga defeated Roma via penalty shootout to claim the Europa League in a contentious final.

It was their eighth win in the Europa League.

And in a preview of the match, which will be played in Athens, Greece, Guardiola made a sly jab at City’s rivals, United.

The City manager stated, “I have a sense, pardon my arrogance, that Manchester City are Super Bowl favorites. We possess quality, but we are aware that there are no favorites. I watched the second leg of United vs. Sevilla; United were weak, whereas Sevilla could be formidable.”

Guardiola also verified that City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will miss at least “three to four months” and may need surgery for his ongoing hamstring issues.

The City manager continued, “Surgery is surgery. He will miss three to four months of work.

“The injury to Kevin is a painful setback for us. Nonetheless, we must also look forward. Kevin’s abilities are irreplaceable, but this is an opportunity for others, and I am confident they will seize it.

De Bruyne made his first start since suffering a groin injury against Inter Milan in the Champions League final of the previous season.

The Belgian missed the majority of City’s preseason but came off the bench against Arsenal in the Community Shield on August 6.

Guardiola told Sky Sports, “Perhaps [we shouldn’t have risked starting him].”

“However, what occurs in 15 minutes may result in an injury in 60, 65, or 70 minutes when the fatigue in the legs sets in, but we have an injury in 15 minutes.”

Man City boss Pep Guardiola labels Man Utd as ‘weak’ ahead of Sevilla blow