Pep Guardiola – Barcelona

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Why is the result not as bad as the 6-1 scoreline suggests?
Does he think that City are now favourites to win the Premier League?
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Background: It’s October 2011 and Manchester United have just lost 6-1 to their local rivals Manchester City. This is seen as a sign that City will replace United as England’s top club. Guardiola gives his opinion.

I didn’t see the game. I spoke with some persons [people] who saw the game. It’s one ???, it’s a tough result [difficult result to take for United]. We can forget that [it’s easy to forget that] Manchester United played all the second half [the whole of the second half] 10 against 11 [with 10 men]. And the last 3 goals, it was in the last 2 or 3 minutes, so, you have to… but, United is [are], for his [its] history, absolutely one of the best clubs of the world [in the world]. Never change, nothing change that [nothing has changed that], even the defeat from yesterday [of yesterday]. And, er, City is [are] getting better year by year. Cos [=because] the same coach [is] working with them, the investment of the owners, each year, it’s better and better, so… And Silva is one of the top players, absolutely, [he has] huge qualities [great qualities]. It’s important for England [playing in English football] [that] he can adapt [to] these kind of players. Because he can move, he can play, he can make player[s] play to the rest of his teammates. So it’s congratulations for [to] David. And, er, I think it will be a very fascinating Premier League this, this, year, because, er, Manchester United, er, City, er, Chelsea also, Liverpool sooner or later will be there, so…

result: the score at the end of the match
a defeat: a loss (of a football match)

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