Pep praises CR7 ahead of derby

English Premier League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reserved some special praise for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the Manchester City derby on Sunday evening.

The Premier League leaders do battle against their cross-town rivals and will be hoping for a repeat of first-round display at Old Trafford.

Despite all the criticism this season, Guardiola is well aware of the threat posed by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner on Sunday.

"As a finisher he's exceptional, I'm not going to disguise it was a joy to watch him these years,' Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference, as per Daily Mail.

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"We have to explode our game, our strength to avoid Cristiano close to the box, because there he is almost unstoppable.

"When you are one of the greatest that he was in terms of being a goalscoring machine, you will always be there.

"I remember when we played there and we were winning 1-0 and in control, perfect, perfect, and then the first time arrived, he made a chance and Eddy made an incredible save.

"He hadn't touched the ball but nearly scored. That is the quality and ability that he has.

"We have to control him. He's been one of the greatest in the last 15 years, alongside Messi. What these two guys have done, we're not going to see again,' he added.

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