Pep on guard

> … as City be­gin cup de­fence against Swansea

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - Jur­gen Klopp, who he worked un­der at Borussia Dort­mund, but hails Guardi­ola a “ge­nius”. He added: “Both are world-class man­agers with their own qual­i­ties. It wouldn’t be fair to say Jur­gen is more emo­tional but when you see him on the side­lines liv­ing ev

ENGLISH PRE­MIER LEAGUE: Crys­tal Palace 4 (Tomkins 9, Dann 11, McArthur 71, Townsend 75) Stoke 1 (Ar­nau­tovic 90+4), Southamp­ton 1 (Austin 64) Swansea 0, Tot­ten­ham 1 (Kane 59) Sun­der­land 0, Wat­ford 3 (Capoue 34, Zu­niga 83, Deeney 90+5pen) Manch­ester United 1 (Rash­ford 62).

P W D L F A Pts Man City 5 5 0 0 15 4 15 Ever­ton 5 4 1 0 10 3 13 Arse­nal 5 3 1 1 12 7 10 Chelsea 5 3 1 1 10 6 10 Liver­pool 5 3 1 1 11 8 10 Man Utd 4302869 Tot­ten­ham 4220728 Palace 5212757 Wat­ford 5 2 1 2 10 9 7 West Brom 5212657 Le­ices­ter 5212777 Hull 5212677 Mid­dles­brough 5 1 2 2 5 7 5 Southamp­ton 5 1 2 2 4 6 5 Swansea 5113474

MANCH­ESTER CITY launch their League Cup de­fence at Swansea City this week with man­ager Pep Guardi­ola des­per­ate to keep a lid on ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter their supreme start to the sea­son.

City have won their eight games in all com­pe­ti­tions – a club record – and pre­served their two-point ad­van­tage at the Pre­mier League sum­mit with a ra­zor-sharp 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Satur­day.

It was the fifth time this sea­son they have scored three or more goals in a game, but Guardi­ola has vowed that he will not al­low com­pla­cency to take hold at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

“That is not go­ing to hap­pen when I am there,” he told re­porters af­ter the win against Bournemouth.

“And don’t say it is too easy. I heard from years ago the Pre­mier League is the tough­est league and I am go­ing to ac­cept that.

“We have a lot of work (to do) and we are just in Septem­ber. We have played ab­so­lutely noth­ing. Al­ways for the next game we have to try to do it bet­ter than the game be­fore.”

The next game is against a Swansea side who were left a point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone fol­low­ing a 1-0 loss at Southamp­ton on Sun­day.

The re­sult in­creased the scru­tiny on coach Francesco Guidolin and with a league game against City to fol­low, and then a visit from in-form Liver­pool, he faces a test­ing run of fix­tures.

“I am wor­ried be­cause my job is my job and it is my at­ti­tude to be al­ways Burn­ley 5113384 Bournemouth 5 1 1 3 3 9 4 West Ham 5 1 0 4 7 13 3 Sun­der­land 4013381 Stoke 5 0 1 4 3 14 1

LA LIGA: Osasuna 0 Celta Vigo 0, Ath­letic Bil­bao 2 (Aduriz 24, 41) Va­len­cia 1 ( Me­dran 2), Vil­lar­real 2 (San­sone 22, 25) Real So­ciedad 1 (Yuri 35), Es­panyol 0 Real Madrid 2 (Ro­driguez 45+2, Ben­zema 70). P W D L F A Pts 4 4 0 0 12 3 12 4 3 0 1 13 5 9 4 3 0 1 11 5 9 4 2 2 0 10 1 8 4220968 4220528 4211547 4211477 4202446 3120325 4 1 2 1 7 10 5 3111224 Real Madrid Barcelona Las Pal­mas Atletico Sevilla Vil­lar­real Eibar Gi­jon Bil­bao Alaves Real Betis De­portivo So­ciedad Le­ganes Es­panyol Malaga Granada Osasuna Celta Vigo Va­len­cia ready if it’s pos­si­ble,” said Guidolin, whose club won the League Cup in 2013.

“Now we have Man City on Wed­nes­day, Man City again on Satur­day, and then Liver­pool. We have to im­prove. The op­po­nent is not im­por­tant, but our at­ti­tude is.”

The stand-out tie of the third round takes place at the King Power Sta­dium on Tues­day when Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City en­ter­tain Chelsea.

Le­ices­ter go into the game on the back of suc­ces­sive 3-0 wins over Club Brugge and Burn­ley, while Chelsea were left smart­ing by a 2-1 home de­feat at Liver­pool’s hands on Fri­day.

Another team in the dol­drums are Manch­ester United, who crashed to a third con­sec­u­tive loss at Wat­ford in the

SERIE A: Udi­nese 1 (Za­p­ata 25) Chievo 2 (Cas­tro 82, Cac­cia­tore 90+5), Cagliari 3 (Bor­riello 8, 73, Sau 55) Ata­lanta 0, Cro­tone 1 (Trotta 23) Palermo 1 (Nestorovski 66), Sas­suolo 2 (Poli­tano 58-pen, De­frel 66) Genoa 0, Torino 0 Em­poli 0, In­ter Mi­lan 2 (Icardi 68, Perisic 78) Ju­ven­tus 1 (Lich­steiner 66), Fiorentina 1 (Badelj 83) Roma 0.

Napoli Ju­ven­tus Roma 4112464 4112374 4 0 2 2 7 11 2 4022362 4 0 2 2 5 10 2 4022382 4013171 4 0 0 4 5 10 0 P W D L F A Pts 4 3 1 0 12 5 10 4301749 4211957 Lazio Chievo In­ter Mi­lan Genoa Fiorentina Sam­p­do­ria AC Mi­lan Sas­suolo Udi­nese Bologna Torino Cagliari Pescara Em­poli Ata­lanta Palermo Cro­tone 4211857 4211537 4211557 3201646 3201326 4202556 4202676 4202466 4202466 4202596 4112864 4112774 4112674 4112244 4 1 0 3 6 10 3 4022262 4013371

BUN­DESLIGA: Augs­burg 1 (Stafy­lidis 73) Mainz 3 (Cor­doba 7, Malli 75, Muto 81), Hertha Ber­lin 2 (Weiser 64, Stocker 74) Schalke 04 0. P W D L F A Pts 3 3 0 0 11 1 9 3300619 Bay­ern Hertha Ber­lin Leipzig Cologne Dort­mund M’glad­bach Frankfurt Wolfs­burg Mainz 05 Hof­fen­heim Lev­erkusen Augs­burg Freiburg Darm­stadt 98 In­gol­stadt 04 Ham­burg Schalke 04 Bre­men 3210727 3210507 3201826 3201756 3201326 3120205 3111874 3030663 3102553 3102363 3102463 3102183 3012261 3012281 3003050 3 0 0 3 2 12 0

LIGUE 1: Mont­pel­lier 1 (Boude­bouz 67-pen) Nice 1 (Bel­handa 85), Sain­tE­ti­enne 1 (Namouma 90+3-pen) Bas­tia 0, Mar­seille 0 Lyon 0.

SCOT­TISH PREMIER­SHIP: Dundee 1 Aberdeen 3, In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian Thistle 2 Celtic 2.

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