Classic duel in the FA Cup: Guardiola against Karanka
Manchester City welcome Birmingham City in a round of the FA Cup where practically no Premier League side has actually fallen. The match is curious due to the fact that of the reencounter in between Pep Guardiola and Aitor Karanka.
The randomness of the FA Cup draws has actually implied that there are all sorts of fixtures in this round. Liverpool bet Aston Villa and on Sunday 2 matches will occur that are completely different.
On the one hand, Merseyside minnows Marine from the outskirts of Liverpool and in the 8th tier will welcome José Mourinho’s Tottenham in a match where the hosts got the help of Liverpool.
However it’s not the only interesting or attractive match of the day. At the Etihad, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will welcome Birmingham City of the Champion. A match that wouldn’t have a lot of history if it weren’t for Aitor Karanka being on the opposing bench.
The Birmingham supervisor is kept in mind by Pep’s environment as a member of José Mourinho’s training personnel in his most difficult spell in charge of Real Madrid. Karanka was present in all the Clásicos from those seasons and even got involved in the debate and verbal spat in between Santpedor and the Portuguese supervisor.
However, all of that is now history and even Karanka has praised Pep- “He is far more complete”, he stated. A Guardiola more far-off than ever from Barcelona is just thinking of his Manchester City, a team that, despite COVID-19, is going up. Birmingham, regardless of Karanka at the helm, have actually gone 12 matches without a win away to City and have it difficult.