I want City to be a Premier League machine, reveals Guardiola

Lynette Rowe
April 23, 2018

City are at home to Swansea on Sunday, having secured Guardiola's first English league title last weekend, as they won at Tottenham Hotspur and closest challengers Manchester United suffered a shock defeat at home to bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion.

And Guardiola's side were applauded by the Swansea players and staff in a guard of honour before kick-off.

Pep Guardiola has indicated pursuing a Premier League record points total may be the best way to keep his Manchester City players focused over the final five matches of the season.

"We are talking about two managers with a strong character and about two winners. for sure we want to try to win this trophy", Conte said. "Football is an emotional game, I understand you have to be careful. The level that they play is very high".

Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling are all involved from the outset, but perhaps the biggest news is that Benjamin Mendy makes his return from a long-term knee injury by featuring on the bench.

In the last five head to head records between these two teams, Manchester City won four games and drawn one game with Swansea City.

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And the Swans must take on fifth-placed Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium next week before hosting relegation-threatened Stoke and Southampton in a tough run-in.

They could easily get the post points and goals in a season records - both now held by Chelsea (05/06 and 09/10 respectively) - if they win three of their five games to go beyond 95 points and score another 11 goals in the process to beat the current record of 103. He needs to prove himself for a longer period in the Premier League to establish himself, and Jacks fans certainly aren't complaining in the way he's leading them, not least for his fantastic metaphors.

"Just arriving on the bus, the way people look at us and celebrate in the stadium and jump".

In short, Guardiola has presided over a season for the ages in his second season in England, even if there was a slightly anti-climactic feeling about the way in which City clinched the title just days after a Champions League quarter-final exit to Liverpool.

Since winning their first away game under Carlos Carvalhal in the Premier League (2-1 at Watford), Swansea have gone seven away trips without a victory (D4 L3). This inevitably causes an overload in midfield, which so often frees the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva to cause havoc with their passing. But with a second headed chance, this time more hard from Toure's cross, he was able to head over the Polish goalkeeper to make it 5-0.

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