Guardiola: City Can Challenge For Title

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola believes his side are ready to challenge for the title, like Chelsea did last season.

The Citizens splurged in the transfer window, spending £220 million to strengthen the squad, bringing in Ederson, Danilo, Mendy, Walker, Bernardo Silva and Douglas Luiz.
And after their 6-0 thrashing of Watford, which sees them continue their perfect start to the season, with 14 goals and a single draw in five matches, Guardiola is optimistic about his side’s chances.
Pressed on whether his side are now ready to sustain a challenge for the top-flight crown, Guardiola said: “We will see. 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 what to improve for the future.
“In an athlete’s career there are maybe 10 or 15 percent happiness moments – you lose more than you win. So you’ve got to enjoy it when you win.”
He added: “Even if it looks like we cannot improve, of course we can improve.
“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 short 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 and Danilo and Mendy help us a lot to be able to do that. Without that it would be even more complicated.”

Jefferson Obuseri

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