Guardiola urges City to focus on big picture
Pep Guardiola has told his Manchester City players to forget about breaking "little records" and focus on getting even better as the manager demanded no let-up in his side's scintillating start to the season.
City will match the best start to a season by an English club if they claim an 11th successive victory by beating Celtic tonight to equal the 56-year record set by Tottenham Hotspur in 1960/'61.
But Guardiola - who said he regretted his decision to play Vincent Kompany for a full game last week after the Belgium defender suffered another injury setback - is more concerned about taking a "big step" towards Champions League qualification ahead of back-to-back games against former club Barcelona.
"Wins help you to win more, it's good for confidence, for the way you play, but I am not concerned about this little, little record," said the City manager, whose side thrashed Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their opening tie. "The record exists but another club will come along and beat it.
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"We may be there [with the record] but in the future an English team will come along and win 12, 13 or 14 games in a row. What we want here is to play good, to continue what we did in the last month. The special thing for a coach is seeing the team getting better.
"The group is so tough. If we are able to win against Celtic we are going to take a big step forward but it's not easy." (© Daily Telegraph, London)