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win­ning. And that is the first step to ar­rive at the end of a com­pe­ti­tion and to fight to win the ti­tle.”

City are un­beaten in 21 games this sea­son and their cur­rent 19-match win­ning streak is an English record.

They face West Ham to­day be­fore head­ing to Ukraine to meet Shakhtar Donetsk on Wed­nes­day in a Cham­pi­ons League game that is mean­ing­less to them be­cause they have al­ready qual­i­fied as group win­ners. Then, on Sun­day, it’s Manch­ester United at Old Traf­ford.

It is Guardi­ola’s best-ever start to a sea­son in a man­age­rial ca­reer that saw him be­come a se­rial win­ner at Barcelona and Bay­ern Mu­nich.

And the Cata­lan (right) be­lieves break­ing records is good for his team’s soul.

He said: “When you achieve these types of records, then you know what the tar­get is to break them again. It’s so im­por­tant to break these lit­tle records. It doesn’t count for the ti­tle, but it counts for the way we play.

“It means that, in the good mo­ments, we win com­fort­ably and, in the bad mo­ments, we keep go­ing.

The bad news for David Moyes’ Ham­mers is that Guardi­ola will not al­low his team to ease up – de­spite the loom­ing derby date.

He added: “I al­ways re­spect my op­po­nent and the best way to re­spect West Ham is to be se­ri­ous and play as well as pos­si­ble.

“I can­not deny we’re in bet­ter form than West Ham.

“But we must be calm and pre­pare as well as pos­si­ble be­cause it’s the same three points as against United. It counts the same.

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