Pep Guardiola tells Man City Premier League rivals where ‘no one can beat’ his team

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The City boss was in a bullish mood ahead of his side’s trip to Brighton, with the Seagulls impressing a lot this season and currently sitting fourth in the Premier League table.

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Pep Guardiola has dismissed any concerns about fatigue as his Manchester City players return to action in the Premier League.

City beat Club Brugge 5-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday night, overtaking their opponents and rising to second place in their group.

They travel to Brighton’s top flight in the Premier League on Saturday night, and when Guardiola was told at his press conference on Friday that his side had not won any of their last four games immediately after a League game champions, the City boss insisted he was not concerned.

“I don’t take note [of this],” he said.

“Look, if you want to imply the stats that this team has done over the past four years, you’re going to lose. You are going to lose.

“In the statistics, no one can beat us, I’m sorry.








Guardiola saw his City team pass Club Brugge in midweek
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“I don’t pay attention to before the international break or after the international break, or before the Champions League or after the Champions League.

“I see how the team is, how they trained today, how they performed in the last few games.

“It’s my only concern, to adapt, to adjust. It’s not a question of mentality, just a question of strategy and opponent, because the opponent we will face tomorrow is different from Brugge, different from Chelsea, different from Liverpool, and Liverpool is different from Brighton.

“So we’re going to try to be there and try to have a good game.”





Guardiola also discussed the pressure managers are facing following Steve Bruce’s departure from Newcastle earlier this week.

“We’re incredibly criticized more than the worst in society because we don’t win games, it’s that simple,” he said.

“I am treated well because we win sometimes, I am treated badly because we lose. I love him, I love him. I pay no attention to it.

“I know that as a manager success is because we did it, not me.




“From our CEO, our amazing workers, the players of course – that’s why we’re here – the staff and the staff behind the scenes, success is because we did it.

“Because we are in front of the media every third day, which is why people think we are responsible for it.

“The influence is much smaller. In society, you want to point the finger at [blame] to one person, that person, it’s difficult to understand that football is collective and everyone is involved in it, I never thought of winning a match, never ever.

“I’m fine because my pals are helping me. We need egos to be better of course and for people who just like to be for themselves and that – I don’t like being with them.”

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