Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Guardiola promises more from City as Liverpool, Chelsea set pace

Guardiola promises more from City as Liverpool, Chelsea set pace

"We all know the quality Sane has, his importance in the club but it's the beginning of the season, it's normal that some players have started stronger or are more fit than others".

After the match, BT Sports pundit Jermaine Jenas put the odd phenomenon into perspective for viewers and fans.

Closing out September is a home game against Brighton, and their win over Manchester United proves they are no pushover, but City dispatched of Chris Hughton's team twice last season and should win again.

Pep Guardiola is confident Premier League champions Manchester City will rise to the challenge of a potential title fight with Liverpool and Chelsea.

City were lackadaisical in allowing DeAndre Yedlin to equalise for Newcastle on the counter-attack - an area of the game where they also appeared vulnerable at Molineux.

"The other day he had a shot against Wolves which almost hit the corner flag, so it's just a persistence thing", said his fellow defender John Stones. I don't even want to try to say something in relation to that.

"Step by step we will get our best condition", Guardiola said. Can we finish it with six out of six wins?

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You can still find very good defensive players on such a tight budget, the likes of Federico Fernandez and Florian Lejeune for example, but at some stage you have to spend realistic money on those you rely on to create and score goals.

"It is normal with this awesome squad", said the Brazil worldwide.

"We can not be watching the table, it is too early".

"In all my life as a player and a coach, every year you have two or three situations in the dressing room during a game or during a training session when something happens between players", he added.

"If we score more goals it's a effect of the way we played", Guardiola said.

"This period - these five official games - it's happened".

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