Wednesday 24 July 2019

Guardiola: It will be 'impossible' to better season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: AP
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: AP

John Percy

Pep Guardiola has insisted it will be "impossible" for Manchester City to break any more Premier League records.

Guardiola secured his first English league title last season and made history by claiming 11 records, including the highest-ever points total of 100.

City finished 19 points clear of Manchester United in second, scoring a record 106 goals, and secured 32 league victories.

With Liverpool having spent over £170 million in a push to challenge City, and United expected to make a number of big signings, Guardiola believes their historic season will never be beaten.

"Last season we increased the levels of the Premier League - 100 points, the level is here and now we try to take the level up," he said.

"But we are not going to break any records in the Premier League any more, it is impossible, almost impossible. The records we took last season were a consequence of what we've done every single day."

Guardiola was rewarded with a two-year extension to his contract in May and has admitted he wants to make City even more formidable.

History is against him, however, as no Premier League team has successfully defended the title since United in 2009 and Guardiola concedes past achievements will count for nothing if results go awry.

"When we decided to extend the contract, first of all I am comfortable, the second one is the club trust what we are doing," said Guardiola. "Khaldoon [Al Muburak, chairman], Txiki [Begiristain, director of football] and Ferran [Soriano, chief executive] know it depends on results. We have three more years of contract but the results will dictate what will happen in the future. If we are not able to be consistent and be there to win the title... football trainers are always in a dangerous position.

"But the family is happy living in Manchester, my experiences of the Premier League are good. I have a young team and I am comfortable working with them."

Guardiola faces Jurgen Klopp's revamped Liverpool in the International Champions Cup today and the City manager insists they will be title contenders. Klopp has broken the world record fee for a goalkeeper with the £65m capture of Alisson, while Naby Keita and Fabinho have also been added to his squad.

Guardiola said: "They are contenders to win the title and they will be in the future with their history. All the contenders, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham will be stronger, Everton took a good manager, West Ham with Manuel [Pellegrini], always the expectation is high."

© Daily Telegraph, London

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