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Joao Cancelo: “There is a big history behind the game and a big history around the city of Manchester.”

Star fullback confident in City.

Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

The Manchester Derby is near! Joao Cancelo spoke about the derby’s significance and how the team is feeling.

Let’s see what he had to say-

“A derby is always important,” he said. “There is a big history behind the game and a big history around the city of Manchester.

“But we are City and, as always, we are going to try and win the game.

“We will do everything to win it and I believe our group is ready for what is coming.”

“Honestly, I did not expect to arrive at the derby with the gap we have, but I believe it is from our hard work,” he said.

“All the credit to our players, staff, everyone who analyses the videos, the chefs who prepare our meals - everyone had a contribution towards our consecutive wins and our good form.

“The way we train, it is not a surprise. Anyone who sees our daily training sessions can see that this is normal.

“We are a very unified group of players, dedicated and always ready to help each other.

“This year we are showing what a great team we are, and we want to continue this way, is important for the competitions we are playing, to fight for each one of them.

“I believe that is the secret for a team’s success. We are a very integrated team and that has been visible on the pitch.

“United is a team that likes to counterattack. They have very talented and fast players upfront and it is vital that we stop their attacks, which is their strength.

“By doing that, we know we are closer to winning this game. In fact, not only this game but against every team.

“I believe this is the route we must follow, that we can continue this approach and we can bring a lot of success to our home this season.”

Joao has been a revelation. The Cancelo role has transformed City in to an unstoppable machine. The derby should be an opportunity to showcase that and continue the streak.