Ten Hag seeks revenge on teacher Guardiola by imitating Koeman

Since their 6-3 loss to Manchester City on 2 October last year, Manchester United have won fifteen of their eighteen matches across all competitions. It ended with the last eight wins.

At 1:30 p.m. Dutch time, another clash awaits between Erik ten Hag and Pep Guardiola against fellow citizens at Old Trafford United this afternoon.

When Ten Hag took the Go Ahead Eagles to promotion in 2013, the tukker switched to Bayern Munich. He was involved in the coaching and training of the second team in Southern Germany. At the same time, Guardiola started as the head coach of Bayern’s first team.

Lesson from Guardiola: ‘Winning with dominant football’

Ten Hag closely observed many first-team training sessions during this period and was inspired by Guardiola’s philosophy. Ten Hag stayed with FC Bayern for two seasons and then moved to FC Utrecht. Guardiola took another year and went to Manchester City with three German titles.

Right after joining Ajax in January 2018, Ten Hag spoke to NOS about his vision and connection to Guardiola. “The Dutch style shaped me, but Munich sharpened my perspective.”

“The experience there is very appealing to me, always wanting to win Guardiola’s dominant, attractive football,” Ten Hag continued. And: “Defensive team function is the foundation of victory. I learned this from Guardiola, among others.”

Only Koeman beat Guardiola

6.-3. October of last year was the first encounter between both coaches. Ten Hag could become the second Dutch coach to win a match against manager Guardiola. Only Ronald Koeman would do that. On January 15, 2017, under Koeman’s coaching, Everton won by resounding numbers from City: 4-0.

Guus Hiddink was also undefeated against Guardiola in the 2009 Champions League semi-finals with Chelsea. After beating Barcelona 0-0 and London 1-1, Barça advanced to the final.

In October, City ran 4-0 at home with Phil Foden (two goals) and Erling Haaland (two goals) in the first half. Antony made the situation 4-1 after the break and was 6-1 again with Haaland and Foden. Anthony Martial escaped a major humiliation with two late goals.

Guardiola praises Ten Hag: “United has made great progress”

It was a time when United were still looking and City were in great form. Now the situation is different. The difference between number two City and number four United in the Premier League is just four points. The Mancunians have gotten a foothold and the Citizens are putting in more seams, as they did in Wednesday’s League Cup.

Guardiola complimented Ten Hag on Friday. The Catalan Manchester City manager said: “It is clear that they are getting better. Not only are the results good, the football is also good,” he said.

“There are always attractive matches between these two clubs,” Guardiola continued. “Both teams want to play the game and both teams have the best players and the best coaches. It will be a good match.”

Source: NOS