Joao Cancelo is ready to leave behind a tough week as he admits Man City have played ‘probably three of the best teams in the world’ ahead of Liverpool clash – after also facing Chelsea and PSG in the last eight days
- Manchester City face Liverpool on Sunday to end a week of massive fixtures
- The champions beat title rivals Chelsea last weekend before facing PSG
- Pep Guardiola’s men lost to Lionel Messi and Co 2-0 in the Champions League
- Joao Cancelo, who started both matches, is keen to move onto the next task
Joao Cancelo admits Manchester City couldn’t have faced a harder week as they follow up trips to Chelsea and PSG with a showdown against Liverpool at Anfield.
‘We will have played against probably three of the best teams in the world,’ says the Portuguese defender about his tough road trip.
‘The defeat in Paris is part of the past and we are focused on Sunday.
Joao Cancelo is gearing up to face Liverpool on Sunday after a week at the sport’s pinnacle
The Reds are the next of Europe’s elite squads to take on Manchester City inside a week
‘This is what you want as elite players so we need to be ready for the challenge.’
Pep Guardiola may reshuffle his pack after Tuesday’s 2-0 loss in France with Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus among those set to return.
‘It must be a headache for the manager to choose because every player in our squad performs at a very high level,’ added Cancelo.
‘I have dreamt of playing in big games such as the Champions League and Premier League.
The Citizens full-back helped the Sky Blues beat title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Then in midweek, he was defending Kylian Mbappe and Leo Messi is City’s 2-0 defat to PSG
‘Chelsea are a more pragmatic team than Liverpool. They defend with a lot of players behind the ball and don’t press as high.
‘Liverpool take more risks but we are also a great team. We will see two of the best managers in the world, it really depends on how you perceive football.
‘I personally like Pep Guardiola more. Not only because he is my coach, but for the football his teams play. I think wherever we go, our team always shows personality.’
City beat Liverpool 4-1 at Anfield last season when Klopp faded a defensive crisis. But this season the visitors have also had selection issues Cancelo, predominantly a right back, slotting in on the left.