Pep Guardiola has played down the “genius” tag Carlo Ancelotti recently gave him, warning that Everton would be a major test for Manchester City.
Man City bounced back from the loss vs Wolves by defeating Sheffield United 2-0 at home on Sunday and will be looking to end Carlo’s 100 percent record in his 3rd game as Everton manager at the Etihad Stadium today.
Pep said Ancelotti is one of the smartest guys in the game and he would make Everton tick.
He added that his experience as manager will be an advantage.
His words, “Everton is Everton, one of the biggest, most traditional, historical teams in England with incredible quality in its players,”
“They struggle a bit this season for points but the quality is there, with a new manager with incredible experience.
“A manager like Carlo with his incredible capacity, he is one of the smartest guys and always he is able – it doesn’t matter which team he takes, he makes them work.
“I know him quite well. We played a few times against [each other], not much. His teams always beat our teams. He is an incredible gentleman. He conducted some of the greatest and more experienced teams in Europe, the list is huge. When that happens it’s because you’re an incredible manager.
“It’s incredible news for English football that he’s back. He can do an incredible job at Everton.”
On the tight schedule, “We have five games in 12 days,”
“It’s quite similar for the other teams but in this period one or two more days to recover is a lot.
“We take the risk, it was the same in the last game: 80 minutes with 10 against 11 in a difficult test against Wolves, then we train for two days and come back and play. It’s a risk but you have to take it.”
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