Guardiola says he’s not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City Boss, Pep Guardiola, has played down talk of his side being favourites to win the English Premier League this season.

The Spaniard’s Liverpool counterpart, Jurgen Klopp, had on Thursday dubbed the Manchester club ‘incredible’, tipping them for the title as the League resumes Friday.

The Etihad club finished third last season, 15 points behind winners Chelsea. And Klopp believes Guardiola’s men will perform much better this time.

But during a press conference on Friday ahead of their season’s opener, Guardiola said: “Last season we were favourites too and we finished 15 points behind.

“Last season in my first press conference we were the favourites so nothing has changed. I was confident last season too. “It’s the same pressure as I had last season.

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“I’m honest in my job. I will do my best like I did last season. If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution.”

City have spent more than £200m on players this summer, but Guardiola says the current squad are “young and will stay for the future.”

“We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we decided to put energy in the team for the next five, six years,” he said.

“Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season.”

City will begin their campaign on Saturday when they play away to newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.


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