September 22, 2023

Gary Neville believes Pep Guardiola has rediscovered his “spark” with Manchester City “back to their best” after defeating Manchester United in their Carabao Cup semi-final.

City thrashed Chelsea last weekend and secured their place in the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham after John Stones and Fernandinho scored at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

And Neville believes City have rediscovered their best form to emerge as title contenders once more.

“City, over the 90 minutes, looked like they are back to their best or near to their best,” Neville said on The Gary Neville Podcast.

“The way they started the game, the rhythm in the passing was back. Pep Guardiola looked like he had his spark back on the touchline.

“I said a few weeks ago, watching City, it was almost as if the players had become bored of playing really well and achieving the standards they had achieved previously.

“They were absolutely sensational against Chelsea for 25 minutes, they cut them open. Their passing was so precise, sharp, quick, you cannot live with it. You cannot get anywhere near it and there were periods in that first half where City were brilliant.

“Playing like that they are a dangerous proposition. They will be the ones that will most cause Liverpool problems. Man Utd are immediately in their eyeline but City are there lurking and if they are playing like that they are going to be really dangerous.”


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