A Champions League double-header sandwiched by a crucial league game, custom nfl jerseys cheap a derby against a team determined to upset his side’s path to glory, Jose Mourinho’s news conferences a distraction to what his side are doing on the pitch… Pep Guardiola has seen all this before.
Thanks to an early exit from the FA Cup, the Manchester City manager is midway through a three-week break from action before returning to a fortnight of football that will go a long way to defining his club’s season.
On March 31, he begins with a trip to Everton — a team that Guardiola has failed to beat in three attempts and the scene of that disastrous 4-0 defeat in January 2017 which was among the worst he has ever suffered as a coach.
Four days later they return to Merseyside for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool — the only team to beat them in the Premier League this season — followed by the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, which could be a potential title-clincher. Three days after that it’s the second leg against Liverpool.
Four intense, raucous north-west derbies with a huge prize for Guardiola’s side if they can get through it. But for the Catalan, it’s exactly the sort of run of fixtures that he will revel in — a reward for the hard work done in the opening six months of the season and an opportunity to nike nfl jerseys cheap add to his incredible personal record of success after a surprising first campaign without a trophy.