Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned the rest of the Premier League his side aren’t even fit yet.
After two huge wins from two games, City look as good as last season, but Guardiola thinks there is still plenty to come from his side.
It’s something the City boss has spoken about before, and he’s determined to push his side all the way this season.
Sky Sports report he said: “The problem is that now – while we are not far away – we are still not fit.
“We see how much the players spend for regeneration after the game. Normally it’s quicker – one or two days – now they need more time.
“It’s because we didn’t make a pre-season. When we arrive, immediately after three-four days we played the Community Shield and Arsenal.”
Injuries for Man City
Of course, the club are not just coming off the back of pre-season and a World Cup.
They’ve had to contend with injuries to key players.
City will be without Kevin De Bruyne for around three months, and back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is also set to miss the majority of the season.
That’s far from ideal, and Guardiola made that clear.
However, given how good City are without these players, it’s a warning to their rivals ahead of a rise in fitness and returns from injury.
“Some players need much more time to win power, strength. The players complain about muscular problems – that’s why Claudio got out, Kevin. This week Fernandinho had problems with regeneration after the game.
“But it’s normal, we demand a lot and still we are not in the best condition. Hopefully after the international break the team can be better and better.”
Another three points
The main thing City will of course be looking for this weekend is another three points.
Last season, Guardiola was careful not to get too caught up in the talk of being Champions, but this time out, he’s admitted the favourites tag doesn’t bother him.
The title race could be an excellent one, with Liverpool also tipped to do well.
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