Wednesday 22 November 2017

Guardiola urges City to focus on big picture

Man City boss Pep Guardiola. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine
Man City boss Pep Guardiola. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine

James Ducker

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.

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"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)

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