Pep Guardiola admits Liverpool’s record start is helping Man City avoid complacency

Pep Guardiola says Liverpool’s record start is helping his Manchester City side avoid complacency

  • Manchester City beat West Ham to retain their spot at the top of the table 
  • Manager Pep Guardiola has admitted the form of Liverpool is helping his side
  • The Reds have made their best start to a Premier League season this year 
  • Liverpool sit in second place and trail Guardiola’s side by two points 

Ian Herbert For The Mail On Sunday

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said Liverpool can help him guard against complacency and prevent his younger players believing their own publicity.

Guardiola raised the prospect of his side matching last season’s 106-goal haul, after the 4-0 win at West Ham, and said that Liverpool’s own record-breaking start to the season was, in some ways, a help.

He said: ‘This is best start ever for Liverpool in their huge history. That means it will be so tough for us, spite of what we are achieving. 

Pep Guardiola feels the sizzling form of rivals Liverpool can be of help to Manchester City

Pep Guardiola feels the sizzling form of rivals Liverpool can be of help to Manchester City

The Reds have made their best start to a Premier League and sit two points behind City

The Reds have made their best start to a Premier League and sit two points behind City

‘It will mean we don’t forget what we have to do. If people want to do what nobody has done in the last ten years [and retain the title] then we have to accept the challenge.’ 

Liverpool’s 33 points is, indeed, their highest in the Premier League era after 13 games. Their mere five goals conceded is their lowest ever after 13 games of a league season, in any era.

City’s dominance, in a win which maintains a two-point lead at the top, resembled that of a home match, though Guardiola still insisted the side were below par and lacked intensity.

‘We didn’t find the right spots to attack them,’ he said. ‘Every player needed four touches to give a pass. In the second half it was better. Players come back from international break and are tired.’

Guardiola gave an insight into the intense competition for places, describing how when Riyad Mahrez plays well, he takes Leroy Sane’s place and that Sane can relegate Mahrez to the bench, as he did on Saturday – but complacency is the enemy for younger players, he insisted.

Guardiola wants his players to avoid complacency and feels Liverpool's form can help with that

Guardiola wants his players to avoid complacency and feels Liverpool’s form can help with that

‘I’m a little bit older [than them] but when players read and listen to comments about how they are fantastic,’ he said.

‘This is dangerous they can be confused. We push each other a lot. The players push us. We demand many, many things between each other. It is the only way.

‘We try to tell them what is not right because they demand that. We have to be more than last season, not in front, not behind them but beside them [driving them on.] We have to there.’

The biggest threat to City’s earlier ascendency is ‘to believe we cannot do better,’ he said. ‘Today we were lucky, in some moments.’ 

City hit four goals past West Ham without reply at the London Stadium on Saturday

City hit four goals past West Ham without reply at the London Stadium on Saturday


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