Sport Guardiola: I knew Man City would win title in September

10:56  16 april  2018
10:56  16 april  2018 Source:

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks dejected. For all the celebrations that could get under way at the Etihad if City win Saturday’s derby, Guardiola said it will not be able to match the excitement of City ’s 2012 title win , their first for 44 years.

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  Guardiola: I knew Man City would win title in September © Provided by Pep Guardiola claims to have known that Manchester City would be crowned Premier League champions since seeing them beat Chelsea in September.

The Catalan coach saw his side state their intentions early on in 2017/18 , with a 1-1 draw at home to Everton in August followed by a 20-match winning run in all competitions.

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That surge carried them clear in the English top-flight , while also making positive progress in the Carabao Cup and Champions League.

Two of those trophies have now been secured, with Guardiola revealing that he knew success was on the cards after overseeing a narrow 1-0 win over the defending Premier League champions on September 30.

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Pep Guardiola is in no doubt that Fernandinho is behind Manchester City ’s flying start as they travel to Tottenham aiming to make it seven Premier League wins out of seven. When I make a decision, the players know the reason why.”

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He said: “I think winning at Stamford Bridge gave us the confidence that we could do it. Because last season against other contenders we were not so good. We won few games.

“Winning at Stamford Bridge gave us a feeling of, ‘OK, against the last champions, we are able to come here and play.’

“But in general we were so, so stable. And OK, Sergio [Aguero] is a genius, a top player about 30 years old but the other guys are 20, 21 years old, so we won with guys so young.

“Playing in the Champions League at that age, sometimes it is complicated. But maybe it will be a lesson for the future for them and next season.

“Now we have to try [to get better]. If you read what the people say this week we have to improve. But you cannot deny that we were good this season. Every single day.

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City need five points from their remaining six Premier League matches to secure the title . Guardiola takes his men to Wembley to face Tottenham on Saturday evening, on the back of. a swipe at utd manager wen he knows he will surely win the title .

“To make 18 games in a row winning you have to be mentally strong.

“That is important to build up the club. It is important to believe because Manchester City is not like United or Chelsea or Arsenal – you know, the big clubs in England who have a big history behind them.

“So sometimes you have to do these kinds of things to think, ‘Wow, we are good. We are good too, like the other ones.’ And maybe that helps us. That is the target. Of course it’s not going to happen next season the same - it’s impossible.

“But that is the target. You have to try to be more consistent next season. It will be more complicated but for the club, the players, all the departments in the club, the people can believe we are good: Manchester City is a good club.

“That will be good.”

City were confirmed as Premier League champions on Sunday, with arch-rivals Manchester United handing them the title after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to rock-bottom West Brom at Old Trafford.

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Continue reading the main story. Photo. Coach Pep Guardiola giving directions to Bernardo Silva in Manchester City ’s And, of course, his old nemesis José Mourinho knew it, referring with his typical sledgehammer subtlety to Germany as a country where “the kit man can be coach and win the title .”

Pep Guardiola insisted Manchester City are on the road to winning the Champions League for a first time, even if they fail to overcome a “ I know we are judged on results, but on the performances my team is extraordinary. To win titles we need to start with nights like this so the people understand it.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club's staff for winning the Premier League title. City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United's shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare. On Thursday, City TV released footage of the meeting in which the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, who has now won 23 major trophies in his glittering managerial career, addressed the club's staff and gathered them all for a team photo at the club's Etihad training complex.

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