Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep Will Brief the Players - and Then Take a Back Seat

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep Will Brief the Players - and Then Take a Back Seat

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PEP Guardiola will not be tempted to smuggle himself into the City dressing room in a laundry basket tonight!

He leaves that kind of stunt to his United rival Jose Mourinho, who is said to have circumvented a Uefa ban in that fashion for a Chelsea crunch against Bayern Munich in 2007.

Instead, Guardiola will brief his players at the City Football Academy, where the squad will gather ahead of the game, and then place them under the care of his trusted assistant Mikel Arteta . The 36-year-old former Arsenal star has already taken a step up, replacing Guardiola at the official Uefa press conference. And from the moment they board the bus until the match is over, Guardiola is not allowed any contact with his players.

Guardiola will watch the match from the stands and allow Arteta to take the reins. …

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