Ahead of the legendary Manchester Derby, Sergio Agüero and Radamel Falcao met up for a showdown at a secret location in Manchester.
The two South Americans went Head to Head and showed of their skills, taking each other on in front of a hundred football fans in red and blue.
The clash took place on a unique square pitch, featuring four goals covered by sliding doors that were operated by the fans to keep the players on their toes.
This is damn cool. Would love a kick about in a cage like that…
As one goal opened another one shut in a new style of football that tested the South American International’s every ability. Agüero’s guile and speed were a good match for Falcao’s power and pace, with some outrageous skill on display.
Marking the occasion, both players also took part in a Q&A – first up Agueeeeeeeeero.
What is so special about the Manchester Derby?
The Manchester derby is really special, maybe City used to always be the smaller team, with United often being the favourites to win. That has changed a lot though in recent years, and we’ve had some great moments at their place. But I actually think a derby is always something special. When two big teams from the same city meet, it always creates an amazing atmosphere, there is no worse thing than losing against your neighbour. 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.
What does it feel like to score against Man United? You have done it 6 times already…
I always love to score, but of course it is even more special to score in the big games. If you score against United at Old Trafford it almost give you shivers, because you can feel the tense atmosphere with most of the stadium being really quiet, but the away end going crazy,. At home at it is different, when the City supporters are really loud in these games, it sometimes gives me goose bumps when they sing sing my name.
Do you think you will be able to score again this weekend at the next Derby?
I think so, yes (laughs). No, honestly, I am in good condition at the moment so I’m feeling confident. But it doesn’t matter who scores of course, as long as I can play well and we go home with 3 points in our pocket. That would make me a happy man.
Who is the best striker at Manchester United?
They have a number of very talented strikers. The one who in his career has been the most predatory is Falcao. He isn’t having an easy time this season, but I really admire his commitment and his class and qualities are permanent. He is probably one of the most naturally gifted strikers in football at the moment.
What do you think about Manchester United’s recent performances?
Manchester United is a team with a lot of great individual players, which can form an incredible when they work well together. But this season that has not always been the case. Some matches they don’t seem to play at the maximum, with the attacking qualities that they have in the team. But then in other games, they have really shown that those qualities, so they are a bit unpredictable. We know, we will have to be at our very best to beat them – there’s no doubt about that.
What is your favourite thing about Manchester as a city?
The people, and their love for football. Of course they are quite different to Argentineans, but I really like their sense of humour and friendliness, and the general atmosphere in the city is always good. It rains a lot here, but they don’t care, the people in Manchester take things as they are and make the best of it. They have a good attitude to life.
Do you still believe you can win the league this year?
Of course we can still win it. In football, anything can happen – as soon as you think something is certain, then everything changes, we have seen it so many times before and we’ll see it again. We only focus on ourselves, try to win every game we play and keep pressure on Chelsea.
And the big man, Falcao:
What does the Manchester Derby mean to you?
In Manchester, the derby means a lot. Unfortunately I didn’t play in the derby earlier this season, but you could sense the atmosphere in the city more for a week before the match itself, it was all people were talking about. It really means a lot to our fans and theirs, so of course I’d be thrilled to play in this match on Sunday. The atmosphere will be phenomenal.
Who will win on Sunday?
I feel it will be very close, but I think we will win. We’re in good form at the moment, and the fans will give us a big lift at home, so I believe we have a very good chance get the 3 points. The situation in the table is really close still, so a win for us will keep our momentum, which is what we need for the rest of the season.
Who is the most dangerous player in the Manchester City?
They are a very talented team, with a danger all over the pitch, but Sergio Agüero has been a really dangerous player for Manchester United in the past matches. He scored many goals, and always needs to be watched carefully. If there is one player more than others to watch out for, I’d say it is Agüero. City has now won the derby 4 times in a row, so we really want to break this pattern.
It is hard to be patient when you’re not playing regularly, do you find that frustrating?
Every football player wants to play, that’s very normal. 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.