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

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City can still get 'much, much better'
From ESPN - December 15, 2017

MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola says Manchester City can play "much, much better" despite setting an English league record of 15 successive victories.

Guardiola can equal his 16-game winning streak set with Barcelona in La Liga with a victory on Saturday against Tottenham, although he will still be three behind the 19 successive Bundesliga games he won at Bayern Munich.

City remain unbeaten this season with an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League and Guardiola says he is happy with his side but claims there is still room for improvement.

Asked about records, Guardiola told a news conference: "It's important to play better. Records are OK to break, one day it will be broken, but it's important to focus on the pitch and try to play better -- increase our [number of] chances, concede few and that is what we have to do.

"I am happy because of the results but the way we play is why I am most satisfied. Of course statistics are statistics and that is good to write about but I am happy with the way we play. But I have the feeling we can do better -- much, much better -- and we have to try to insist on that."

City will face Tottenham without defender John Stones, who Guardiola says is recovering well from a hamstring injury but is still "one or two weeks" away from coming back into contention.

Captain Vincent Kompany is also a doubt with a "small problem," although the City boss says he should be back fit soon.

Guardiola says his squad is feeling the strain of a busy schedule and has urged City fans to help them to victory against a team they failed to beat last season.


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