Pep Guardiola admits he’ll really feel nerves and strain forward of Manchester Metropolis’s journey to Liverpool on Sunday, stay on Sky Sports activities – and would stop if he didn’t.
The champions head to Anfield for the eagerly-anticipated Premier League conflict simply over per week after dealing with one other of their seemingly title rivals in Chelsea.
Metropolis supervisor Guardiola, who has gained eight main trophies in his 5 years on the helm, says he thrives on such encounters.
“All these form of emotions should be there – pleasure, nervousness, strain, feelings,” he mentioned.
“If you do not have these emotions in necessary video games, just like the earlier ones or for the largest ones, this enterprise is just not for you.
“Perhaps you do not sleep higher the day earlier than, or sleep good when it is over or not if the efficiency is just not good, however that is how you reside this life.
“I nonetheless have it earlier than the video games. For those who do not feel that you’re not for the enterprise. You need to really feel it.”
Metropolis have a poor report at Anfield with their 4-1 victory there final February being the membership’s first on the floor for 18 years.
Guardiola, nevertheless, feels a lot of the visits all through his tenure have been shut and is happy Metropolis are competing on a degree footing with a membership they, traditionally if not in latest occasions, have lived within the shadow of.
He mentioned: “The primary season we performed there we misplaced 1-0, the sport was not good. We did not play.
“The remaining we have been actually good, even dropping 3-0 within the Champions League. In lots of video games we have proven unimaginable persona going there.
“An away fixture at Anfield is at all times one of many hardest ones.
“Within the final two or three or 4 years, we have been there, on a regular basis. That’s the largest praise we are able to get as a membership. It’s the finest. We need to proceed to be there.”
One factor Guardiola doesn’t need – or count on – is a repeat of the disgraceful scenes of April 2018 when Metropolis’s bus was attacked by Liverpool followers when arriving at Anfield for a Champions League tie.
“Hopefully, I want it’s by no means going to occur ever once more,” he mentioned.
Requested how unhealthy that have was, Guardiola mentioned at a press convention: “You can not think about, however I’m fairly positive the Liverpool police and the Liverpool folks perceive the scenario is just not going to occur once more.”