“We have had a better pre-season than previous year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League”.
Chris Slater is one of three journalists to have their say and he remarks: “Three at the back has worked remarkably well for Pep Guardiola during pre-season”.
“We have added three players, one defender, one midfielder and one attacking player”, the Portuguese boss explained.
“And I imagine that’s how City will line-up in the Champions League and games against the Premier League’s top six”.
“He wants more at the highest level so we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him to stay with us for the second part of the season”. Our fans really get behind us and they’re going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more.
Mourinho has an impressive record in his second seasons at clubs, winning the title in both spells at Chelsea, as well as at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. “I was thinking of four players but I am not a hard person to work with, even if it looks different, or you want to make it look so”, he said.
Ibrahimovic — who had won league titles with every club he had played for before joining United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain a year ago – has made clear that he was disappointed to finish sixth with Mourinho’s team last season. Fortunately for us, there isn’t any player in our squad that doesn’t know the Premier League, the players and their quality. My club is doing 75% of what I initially asked very well.
‘That’s why I came here.
“I would like in three or four passes to score a goal, but sometimes it’s not possible and you have to move them [the opposition] a little bit more, and because our strikers are not Peter Crouch, our strikers are completely different, they are not strong in the air”.
“We are here to win the games”.
“I have better conditions to deliver a better season than my first one”. I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived. We have to deal with that and handle that.
“Because I don’t think last season the players he had were the type of players that he wanted so you have to rebuild the team around his project and the way he wants to play – it’s a tough job for him”.