Pep Guardiola has warned that his Manchester City side are only going to improve this season, after setting a big example to their fellow Premier League rivals.
City have made a good start to proceedings so far this season, winning 4 of their first 5 games in the league with a 1-1 draw against Everton being the only slip up – a game they finished with 10 men.
The Sky Blues sit top of the Premier League table alongside their Manchester rivals United, with many predicting that Guardiola’s men can go on to win the league altogether. Guardiola himself is confident in his team’s ability, sighting his side’s new additions as potential difference makes in the season.
Despite winning their last game 6-0, Pep says he still expects more improvements from City and says his team know what they have to do in order to be successful in the league.
“We will see,” he said. “But I think we’ve made a step forward in terms of last season.”
“My feeling now is that everybody knows what we have to do, the players know what they have to do, with, without the ball in transition. And that’s so important.”
“We weren’t good enough last season, Chelsea and Tottenham were better. You have to accept it. You have to accept sometimes the opposition is better. Then you analyse why to improve for the future.”
“Even if it looks like we cannot improve, of course we can improve,” he said. “There’s still movement, there are still actions we can improve.”
“The full-backs are so important. They offer energy to go up and down so that means we can put more players in the middle, to play, to pass the sort passes.”
“I like it when we play short passes through the middle, five, six metres, that gives us continuity. We create the spaces behind the press. To do that you need more players in one position.”
“And Kyle, Danilo and Mendy help us a lot to be able to do that. Without that it would be even more complicated.”