City’s started out on the right foot by winning their first EPL game and manager Pep Guardiola expressed gratitude at being able to splash on a host of high profile transfers this summer.
Manchester City’s started out on the right foot by winning their first EPL game and manager Pep Guardiola expressed gratitude at being able to splash on a host of high profile transfers this summer. The Spaniard seemingly made use of just about the last penny from the transfer budget by bringing in the likes of Ederson, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy to boost his squad.
And it’s working out so far, with City winning comfortably against the newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion. A strike from Sergio Aguero and an own goal Lewis Dunk were enough to secure the victory. Guardiola was naturally pleased and expects that his team to improve as the season progresses.
“I want to say thank you to the club, for the next four, five years we have young players with huge talent,” Guardiola expressed his gratitude towards the club’s board. “Last season with Leroy [Sane] and [Ilkay] Gundogan, this season with Bernardo, Danilo, Mendy and with Kyle – they are young enough to play four, five years. So big congratulations to all people working with City, we are a strong club.”
Guardiola says that the team managed well in friendlies, as well as in their first Premier League game, but that they need to better these performances. “I want to continue with what we did in the last three games of pre-season. We were stable but we have to try to improve. The most important thing was to win the first game.”
City certainly has an ambitious project lined up. Guardiola is clear on the fact that success is the team’s only option given the level of investments and the club’s lofty ambitions of recent years. Guardiola is also clear on the fact that they will need to improve if they are to surpass their well prepared and motivated EPL rivals.
“We are here to win games, we won but it is just the first one,” Guardiola added. “We have to learn to attack better. The big teams have to handle all situations. I am satisfied, especially with the second half.”