Guardiola says repeat of record-breaking season ‘impossible’
NEW JERSEY – Agence France-Presse
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out another record-breaking Premier League campaign, warning fans that a repeat of last season’s feats will be “impossible.”
City’s dominance in England last season was underscored by a slew of records that were set as the club romped to its first league title of the Guardiola era.
City became the first-ever team in the Premier League to win with 100 points as well as securing the biggest title-winning margin (19 points) by scoring the most goals (106), most wins (32), most consecutive wins (18) and best goal difference (+79).
Guardiola’s men broke 11 records in all but the former Barcelona coach envisages a far more difficult campaign when the action kicks off next month.
“We are not going to break any more records in the Premier League, it is impossible... it is almost impossible,” Guardiola said on July 24.
“I have to see the faces of my players in the next two weeks when they are together because we are here without 15 players. When we come back we have four or five days to prepare for [the Community Shield] against Chelsea and we are going to see their faces.
“The target is win the next game and how to prepare to win the game, that is the target. The records we took last season was a consequence of what we’ve done every single day. That is the point.
“If we are going to compare November, December, January, comparing the position, we are going to lose all the comparisons with what we have done last season.”
Guardiola meanwhile signed a new contract in May which ties him to Manchester City until 2021 - the longest commitment he’s ever made since becoming a manager in 2008.
The Spaniard knows, however, that nothing is certain.
“When we decided to extend the contract, first of all I am comfortable, the second one is the club trust what we are doing,” he said.
“The people at the club ... know it depends on results. We have three more years contract, but the results will dictate what will happen in the future.
“If we are not able to be consistent and be there to win the title. That’s the most important thing to arrive in April and May and be there for the title.
“Football trainers always we are in a dangerous position.”