Sergio Agüero and Radamel Falcao got the Manchester Derby off to an early start with a head-to-head meeting before facing off at Old Trafford on Sunday. The 2 Puma strikers showed off their skills in a unique small sided game in front of 100 fans decked out in their team colors.
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The square soccer field had a goal on each side with sliding doors that were operated by the fans. The trick was that only 1 door was open at a time forcing the players to think one step ahead of their opponent and those working the doors.
Once the final door closes on the players’ small sided game all the focus will turn to the derby this Sunday with the opponents sharing a mutual respect for the derby.
“I actually think a derby is always something special,” Agüero said. “When two big teams from the same city meet, it always creates an amazing atmosphere, there is no worse thing than losing against your neighbor. With other teams it is different, you leave after the match, or they leave your city. At a derby, you still live in the same place, so when you go out the day after a defeat, it feels like the other team owns the place.”
The Argentine went on to add with a laugh that he thinks he will score and hopes to take home ‘3 points in our pocket.’ It would be a huge win for City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lost 3 of their last 5 Premier League matches and dropped to 4th place on the table, 1 point behind United.
Falcao has quietly put in 4 goals in very limited time since joining Manchester United last September. The Colombian international is nevertheless hopeful and believes the Red Devils will take the day.
“Every football player wants to play, that’s very normal,” Falcao said. “But I respect the manager and the decisions he makes. I keep working hard in training, learning every day how to play in different systems, in different styles of football. Manchester United is a great club, I am very happy to be here and because of this I am happy to be patient.”