Manchester City have matched their start from last season’s title-winning campaign but manager Pep Guardiola insisted they will get better.
City are behind Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford in the Premier League table, and Guardiola expects a tougher challenge for the title, but is delighted to take 10 points from a possible 12 — the same total as last year.
“We beat Chelsea in the Community Shield and in general, in the four games, we were better than the four teams,” Guardiola said at a news conference after the 2-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday. “That’s what we are looking for, to be better.
“Sometimes we win, sometimes not. To be better is to control, create more chances and concede fewer. In the four — even the Community Shield — that is what happened.
“We will improve. It’s impossible after the World Cup mentally for the players to be in the best condition, the best approach. We need more time, and after the international break, the season starts properly in terms of having games every three days. I’m delighted with the points and the way we played.”
The win on Saturday was hard-fought, with Newcastle still in the game at the final whistle although they had only a single weak effort on goal in the second half.
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