Pep Guardiola was speaking with Sky Sports ahead of today's Manchester derby, where he discussed his relationship with Man United manager Erik ten Hag
ten Hag worked with Bayern Munich II when Guardiola was manager of Bayern Munich, and as such, the two men have a more intimate knowledge of each other's style and tactics.
However, when asked whether this would help him out think ten Hag with his game plan, Guardiola was adamant that it would not, and that the players would ultimately decide the match.
No. No because the difference is the quality of the players. We can say 'oh, we have to do this, we have to do that,' but in the end it's the players. The quality of Rashford, Erling, Kevin, Bruno.
"That's football, so when we play tactics it's skills, players. mentality and what you have to do. Of course you have a game plan like they have, but at the end they play, we cannot play.
"This game belongs to them and at the end, I said many times 'I never won a game as a manager,' never ever. Never kick a penalty, never make a save, it belongs to the players."
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Erik ten Hag also spoke yesterday on his relationship with Guardiola.
"We want to play our game with our principles and our rules. We always respect our opponents, it doesn’t matter who they are — but we want to play our game,
"Of course, I know him — but we know everything about each other. When we worked together was eight years ago and as a manager, one of the main things is you always have to develop. That’s what he has done and hope I did too,"
"Hopefully we have changed in the right way. I’m sure he did and me too. The best manager [in the world]? He’s definitely one of them, and for me he is, yes. But there are many more really good world-class managers in football."