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Man City’s early season focus not on titles, says Pep Guardiola


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Kevin de Bruyne, Kelehi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ikay Gundogan scored the goals as City made it five wins out five.

In comments that will be viewed as a dig at old rival Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, who they toppled 2-1 at Old Trafford a week ago, Guardiola promptly heaped praise on Bournemouth.

Ilkay Gundogan expresses his delight after making his Manchester City debut in a 4-0 win in the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola rarely hides his emotions when dealing with his players and he is no different with journalists, either.

“I have to recognise I’m so happy, but I have to tell you I’m going to lose the games”.

“I’m a little bit surprised how much we are able to play some good level now”.

Man City recorded their fifth straight Premier League win of the season on Saturday as they swept aside Bournemouth 4-0 at Etihad Stadium, capping a ideal start to the campaign after beating Mourinho’s United 2-1 at Old Trafford two weeks ago.

“Kevin is an outstanding player”.

“Without the ball he is the first fighter and with the ball he’s clear”.

“He decides what you have to do at the right moment every time”.

However, despite the one-sided scoreline at full time, Guardiola was adamant the visitors had provided his players with their sternest examination so far this season.

“My happiness does not depend on whether the win all of the titles or not”. I feel we can do better than that.

“That is not going to happen when I am there”, the Spaniard said.

“The most important thing is that we have a good build-up and that every player knows what they have to do so it doesn’t matter which role the manager gives me, I just need to try my best wherever I’m asked to play”.

“People don’t see the hard work that goes but we know – and that’s why we are so sharp on the pitch”.

“They were better than us but I’m disappointed with our performance”.

Guardiola has won all of his first eight games in charge of City, and takes the team to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City next Saturday.