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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City can still get 'much, much better'
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17 December, 2017

"Statistics are good, but I have the feeling we can be much, much better".

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They will face a sterner test on Saturday at home to a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur, but Guardiola is relishing the prospect of facing a rival team whose approach to the game chimes with his own.

So far the Colombia international's absence has been manageable, with the 5-1 hammering of Stoke City last weekend followed by the comfortable 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in midweek proving somewhat straightforward.

"Tottenham, with Chelsea, is the best team in the way to play football", Guardiola said.

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Manchester City ran riot at the Etihad, extending their record winning run in the Premier League to 16 matches.

City's astonishing success in the first half of the season has turned the title race into a procession, earning Guardiola and his players numerous plaudits for putting together such a record-breaking campaign.

"Since August we are so happy and I admire the most the way we play without the ball - thank you to the club to provide me with these wonderful players".

"But I'm not anxious, because in the end it's always three parts in all the situations in football - the players, the club that owns the players, and another club [that might] want some players".

"They are doing a fantastic season and deserve all the praise", he said. Today was a very good example to see a team that believes, that has a lot of quality and strength, and is in very good form.

"When you are so strong physically, you solve all the problems that way but when you get to a certain age - 29, 30 - after that you need to think more about what will happen". That is normal. The most important thing is to talk, to design the plan for everyone and then be happy everyone because life is about enjoying and being happy. "We are winners and we need to feel we can beat them". "It's so exciting. It's a massive challenge - the type of challenge you always want the possibility to have". "I'll try to keep going over the next games and today was a good day".


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