Wednesday 17 October 2018

Guardiola challenges Manchester City to become ‘best team in English history’

The newly-crowned Premier League champions racked up a century of goals on their way to a 4-1 win at West Ham.

Pep Guardiola has challenged Manchester City to carry on breaking records
Pep Guardiola has challenged Manchester City to carry on breaking records

By Andy Sims, Press Association Sport

Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to prove they are the best team in English history.

The newly-crowned Premier League champions racked up a century of goals on their way to a 4-1 win at West Ham and now stand on the verge of a record-breaking campaign.

City, who will be presented with the Premier League trophy at home to Huddersfield next Sunday, need one more win to break Chelsea’s points record of 95 and two more goals to overtake the Blues’ Premier League high of 103.

Guardiola said: “I’m happy that next Sunday we will receive the Premier League and have the chance to be the best team in history in England, with the most points. We are going to try to do it next Sunday.

“To just be happy when you lift the title makes no sense. The numbers are facts, hopefully we will get one more victory and we will have 96.

“You always have to play for something. Once we had won the Premier League the target is the numbers.

“The numbers we are going to achieve will not be easy. We will have to play good to break the record. It’s good to see something to fight (for).”

Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho were on target, while Pablo Zabaleta scored an own goal against his old club, as City cruised to a record-equalling 30th victory of the season.

The Hammers gave their visitors a guard of honour as they emerged from the tunnel, and they were just as accommodating on the pitch once the game kicked off.

After 12 minutes Sane’s shot deflected in off Patrice Evra, before Kevin De Bruyne’s cross found the net via Declan Rice’s thigh and Zabaleta’s backside.

West Ham briefly rallied through Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick but second-half strikes from Jesus and Fernandinho confirmed the gulf in class.

“Just like the last game against Swansea, we take it seriously and we respect the competition,” added Guardiola.

“Huddersfield, Brighton, Southampton, they deserve for us to be who we are all season. It wouldn’t be fair to them if we came down here for a holiday.

“We have to show who we are, who we’ve been all season, that’s why we scored nine goals in two games.”

For West Ham a nervous end to a troubled season looms, with David Moyes’ side still only three points above the relegation zone.

“They were far better than us, outstandingly good, and we didn’t do well enough,” admitted Moyes.

“We found a way back at half-time, but we can’t have any complaints. They were excellent and we didn’t defend as well as we have against other big teams.

“We couldn’t get close to them. I wanted to challenge them, I wanted to do better, so I’m disappointed.”

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