Q&A with City legends Joe Corrigan and Peter Barnes

Before Manchester City’s draw with Middlesbrough, I had the opportunity to interview two City legends in Peter Barnes and Joe Corrigan.

Corrigan made over 500 appearances in between the sticks for Manchester City between 1967 and 1983. He won a cup double in 1970 when City won the League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. He is remembered as one of the best goalkeepers in the club’s history and worked as a goalkeeping coach for Liverpool and Hull after he retired.

Barnes enjoyed a hugely decorated career, playing for both Manchester City and Manchester United. He won the PFA Young Player of the Year award 1976 after City won the League Cup. He represented the English national team 22 times, scoring four goals for the Three Lions.

Q&A with Joe Corrigan

MB: What do you think of Pep Guardiola and his impact since joining Manchester City?

JC: It was a great coup for the club to bring him in. For the club to bring a manager of his stature to Manchester City is just phenomenal for the club, for Manchester, and for football in England. The players seem sharper, finer edged but it’s a tough league to play in, and he will find it difficult. It’s not like playing in La Liga or the Bundesliga; it’s a different animal. I’m sure he’ll do well.

MB: What do you make of the signings he has brought to the Etihad?

JC: He has got a reputation in the game which means so much when looking to buy players. It’s not like Real Madrid and Barcelona, its Manchester and Manchester City. We have to earn that reputation for bringing in world-class players, and he’s going down the right lines. He knows what he wants and the players he wants. He has the backing of the club, the fans, he’s going the right way.

MB: City had a fantastic win over Barcelona in the Champions League, what were your thoughts on that game?

JC: It was a brilliant game. I’ve never seen, in European competition at the Etihad, the team go and close players down, not allow them to keep possession, put them under pressure, and it rattled them. Especially going a goal behind, we played really well and the second half was one of the best performances I have ever seen.

MB: Finally, do you think Manchester City can go on to win the Champions League?

JC: I think one day we will win the Champions League. It will be crucial for us if we can qualify in first place in the groups. Last year, we qualified in second meaning we played a better team. They are all great teams, but finishing top gives the confidence to go all the way.

Q&A with Peter Barnes

MB: What do you think of Pep Guardiola and his impact since joining Manchester City?

PB: I think he is a great coach. His record speaks for itself. He built Barcelona from the youth team and brought players through. He did the same at Bayern, but I think this is his toughest job yet. There are two or three great sides in Spain and Germany, but in England, you have about five or six teams capable of winning the Premier League. With Pep, he has been refreshing. He plays attacking football and gives the team confidence – at the back too. He gets the ball forward to Aguero and presses higher up the pitch. He plays open attacking football, and the fans are loving it. Sterling’s confidence is high, and Aguero is scoring for fun. The team is only going to get better, but we do need strengthening in the full back position. Our full backs are reaching the twilight of their career and may require replacing. Maybe a top class striker to cover Aguero but we’re not a million miles away. It takes time and maybe next year, we’ll see an even better Manchester City and a complete Guardiola team.

MB: You spoke about potential signings in the future but what do you make of the signings he has brought to the Etihad?

PB: Very good. I think Stones is a great signing; he’s coming on leaps and bounds. Guardiola will help his game because he’s playing for a coach that likes to play football and that’s going to help your confidence. I think Sterling is playing better under Guardiola than Pellegrini, but I still think he can improve. His consistency is improving but still needs to play better.

MB: City had a fantastic win over Barcelona in the Champions League, what were your thoughts on that game?

PB: We were due a win over Barcelona. We haven’t won for about four or five games. With a few injuries to Barcelona and the result in Spain, I just fancied us. After the result against West Brom, winning 4-0, confidence is high, and we’re going to have a chance tonight. We attacked Barca like the old fashioned City way and our second half performance was excellent. We deserved it.

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