Manchester City have got off to a strong start in the Premier League but their coach is in no mood to make it a big deal. Liverpool have drawn both their matches but the City’s manager, Pep Guardiola has laughed off the claims that his team will clinch the title. The City won their fourth title in the last five years, last year.
Pep Guardiola, however, played it down and said that they still have a long way to go. He opined that these are very early days and added that he can’t make plans for the future already.
“It’s very early days. I’m sorry but after two fixtures we cannot make any plans about the future. After two games? Yeah yeah, just 111 points to play for,” the manager said ahead of the Sunday game against Newcastle United.
He admitted that the pre-season matches helped the team and highlighted on the tight schedule in September. The Spaniard said that the team must work hard and stick together to make the most out of the challenging month.
“The three weeks were good, good long weeks of training. In September that is not going to happen. We have to improve our principles, our game,” he said. The manager did not shy away from accepting his wrong analysis and was happy with his players proving him wrong.
“The last two games were really good, and at some points unexpected. The players prove to me again how wrong I was,” he added. The Spaniard acknowledged the talent at Newcastle United and said that they are tough opponents.
“They are exceptional players in terms of how direct and aggressive they are. They have important players. Newcastle away is always an incredible environment,” Guardiola added.
The Cityzens will take a flight to Girona, Spain to play a friendly match against Barcelona to honor former Barcelona goalkeeper Juan Carlos Unzue. The former keeper was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2020.
“We will be together and the facilities we have here for 11 months are exceptional but at the same time sometimes a change is good. It is the last time we have a long week, and then every three days we have a game,” Guardiola concluded.