Monday 11 December 2017

Guardiola taking things 'game by game'

City boss Pep Guardiola. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters
City boss Pep Guardiola. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

Pep Guardiola insists he will adopt a "game by game" mentality as Manchester City continue to sweep all before them.

The Spaniard has overseen 10 successive victories this season, including six Premier League wins, and he is already closing in on records.

Guardiola has equalled former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's record of winning their first six Premier League games, while victory over Champions League opponents Celtic tonight - and then Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday - would set a new Manchester City record of 12 consecutive wins.

"I didn't think about what might happen at the start of the season," manager Guardiola said.

"We just focused on pre-season, and then we took a lot of confidence from our Champions League qualifying games, and then it's been game by game. Now we are thinking of Celtic, and then it will be Tottenham and that's how we'll go forward.

"And at the end of the season, we will see how our levels were and whether we were better than our rivals or not.

"I honestly just think qualifying for (next season's) Champions League will be very tough.

"(Manchester) United played really well (against Leicester), Liverpool are especially playing very well, as are Tottenham and Arsenal. Everton may have lost on Saturday, but they are all so, so strong."

Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne went off nine minutes from time at Swansea last Saturday with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

De Bruyne would appear to be a major doubt for the Celtic clash in Glasgow.

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