Breaking news!! Man City lost a match. Since losing in the FA Cup in extra time to Arsenal last season, City are unbeaten. A 1-1 draw is the lowest depth that City have sunk to this season. Post that Arsenal FA Cup extra time defeat, they have dominated. Plenty of pundits had serious doubts about Pep at the end of last season. They have mostly changed their tune now, but tonight's loss to Shakhtar is just what the doctor ordered for City, according to Guardiola.
“When I felt we needed to lose, it was for the players and for the club because in the media people say things when you win and you can forget things. We came here when our job was done in the Champions League. Now we are going to see how we react on Sunday. But I saw how we reacted after we went 2-0 down here and we passed it well.”
“The world will not finish on Sunday no matter happens and now we will prepare for that game.” Guardiola benched possibly the best defender of his generation for this match, and he was asked about it. Guardiola said: “Kompany didn’t feel good. I wanted him to play, but he didn’t feel good.”
City host their fierce rivals Utd this weekend, and there is more than just bragging rights up for grabs. Jose and Pep will both be in a good place heading into Sunday's showdown. However one, or perhaps both, is destined to be disappointed.
For the neutral this is a mouthwatering match up. But, for fans of the teams involved, it is a tension filled tightrope finely balanced between horror and happiness. Whoever comes out on top is the most likely winner of the Premier League.