Man City has a new Pep in its step

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

PEP Guardi­ola is re­fus­ing to get car­ried away by Manch­ester City’s out­stand­ing start to the sea­son and in­sists main­tain­ing it will not be easy.

City’s 4-0 de­mo­li­tion of Bournemouth took them five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a sev­enth suc­ces­sive vic­tory in all com­pe­ti­tions, mak­ing it the club’s bestever start to a sea­son.

But Guardi­ola be­lieves there is still room for im­prove­ment in a team he has re­ju­ve­nated since ar­riv­ing from Bay­ern Munich ear­lier this sum­mer.

“Num­bers are num­bers. One record will be for an­other per­son to beat,” said Guardi­ola.

“The im­por­tant thing is we won a game af­ter a Cham­pi­ons League game. We had three days to pre­pare and when you play in the Cham­pi­ons League those games are so de­mand­ing.

“I am happy. We have won five games in the Premier League.

“In our world with so­cial me­dia it’s bet­ter to stay back and don’t read and don’t lis­ten too much.

“I know we are go­ing to lose games and when that hap­pens it’s im­por­tant to be sta­ble like we are sta­ble now.

“When we win we are so happy, our train­ing ses­sions are bet­ter and the peo­ple laugh more but we know that still we have a lot of things to get bet­ter.”

Guardi­ola said that the sea­son had barely got un­der­way and he had had enough warn­ing prior to ar­riv­ing at how tough a ti­tle is to win.

“We are in Septem­ber. It’s noth­ing. We have played ab­so­lutely noth­ing,” said the 45-year-old Spa­niard.

“I have heard from a long time ago that the Premier League is the tough­est ever so I’m not go­ing to ac­cept now it’s so easy.”

City were in­spired to their fifth suc­ces­sive league win by Kevin de Bruyne, who scored the open­ing goal from a free-kick and then had a hand in each of the next three from Kelechi Iheana­cho, Ra­heem Ster­ling and Ilkay Gun­do­gan on his first start for the club.

Apart from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Guardi­ola be­lieves De Bruyne de­serves to be rated as among the world’s best play­ers.

“Maybe Messi can sit alone at the ta­ble. But that ta­ble aside, Kevin can stay there,” said Guardi­ola, who en­joyed many mem­o­rable mo­ments with Messi at Barcelona.

“I think he’s a spe­cial player – an out­stand­ing player. He makes ev­ery­thing.

“With­out the ball he is the first fighter and with the ball he’s clear. He sees ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing. He de­cides what you have to do at the right mo­ment ev­ery time.

“Ev­ery time he makes the right de­ci­sion. That’s why he is a player at an­other level.

“I am lucky and we are lucky to have him.

“We will take care of him and I hope he will en­joy it with us to play his amaz­ing foot­ball.”

Bournemouth’s third league loss of the sea­son made it a tough full de­but for on-loan Arsenal mid­fielder Jack Wil­shere.

But man­ager Ed­die Howe claimed it was an un­fair per­for­mance by which to judge the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional.

“It was dif­fi­cult for Jack. We want to see Jack in the fi­nal third to use his best qual­i­ties,” said Howe.

“That was im­pos­si­ble to­day but when he can do that gets used to the way we play he will be a very good player for us.

“It was a dif­fi­cult day for us. Our plan wasn’t to sit as deep in the first half but we ended up get­ting trapped.

“They were bet­ter than us but I’m dis­ap­pointed with our per­for­mance. You have to give them credit for the way they played but we can do bet­ter,” added the 38-year-old English­man.

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