Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has warnee players must be careful when they take on Nottingham Forest due to their physical style of play.
The Cityzens have had a perfect start to the 2023/24 Premier League season after winning all five of their fixtures.
On Tuesday, the Treble winners came from a goal down to beat Red Star Belgrade, in their UEFA Champions League opener at the Etihad.
City go into Saturday’s game on the back of seven consecutive wins with their only defeat coming in the FA Community Shield against Arsenal.
Last season’s clash saw City ran out 6-0 winners against Forest at the Etihad and at the City Ground both teams settled for a 1-1 draw.
While City go into the clash as clear favourites, Forest will be banking on Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi.
The former Liverpool striker has scored three goals in five league appearances and had two assists in Forest’s last two games.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s clash, Guardiola praised Forest manager Steve Cooper for the impressive work he has been doing.
“The most important thing is that when he (Steve Cooper) took over two seasons ago in the Championship they were not good,” Guardiola told mancity.com.
“Then he made an incredible run and they got promoted, they struggled all season but they finished really well with a lot of signings and to settle this is not easy but they did it.
“And this season they have started really well and made a lot of points, much more points than last season. They are a physical team, they are well organised and the pace in transitions is really, really high.
“We must be careful, of course we’re optimistic to do what we have to do in front of our people and will try to make it six wins in a row.”
City, on 15 points, are just two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal who are second, third and fourth respectively.
Guardiola led his side to become the second English side, after Manchester United, to win the treble.
Forest, who are two-time Champions League winners (1979 and 1980), occupy eight position on seven points after recording two wins, one draw and two defeats.Copyright © 2023 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.