Guardiola acknowledges United, Liverpool performances

Date published: Sunday 25th September 2016 2:13

Pep Guardiola: Acknowledged form of Liverpool

Pep Guardiola: Manager defends methods

Pep Guardiola insists he will adopt a “game by game” mentality as Manchester City continue to sweep all before them.

The Spaniard has overseen 10 successive victories this season, including six Premier League wins, and he is already closing in on records.

Guardiola has equalled former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti’s record of winning their first six Premier League games, while victory over Champions League opponents Celtic on Wednesday – and then Spurs at White Hart Lane next weekend – would set a new Manchester City record of 12 consecutive wins.

“I didn’t think about what might happen at the start of the season,” manager Guardiola told, following a 3-1 success against Swansea.

“We just focused on pre-season, and then we took a lot of confidence from our Champions League qualifying games, and then it’s been game by game.

“Now we are thinking of Celtic, and then it will be Tottenham and that’s how we’ll go forward.

“And at the end of the season, we will see how our levels were and whether we were better than our rivals or not.


“I honestly just think qualifying for (next season’s) Champions League will be very tough.

“(Manchester) United played really well (against Leicester), Liverpool are especially playing very well, as are Tottenham and Arsenal. Everton may have lost on Saturday, but they are all so, so strong.”

City left Wales with an injury cloud over Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who went off nine minutes from time at the Liberty Stadium with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

De Bruyne was due to be assessed further on Sunday, but he would appear to be a major doubt for the Celtic clash in Glasgow.

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