Pep predicts no record for City
Pep predicts no record for City
Free-scoring City moved five points clear at the top of the table as Sergio Aguero’s landmark 177th strike for the club helped them to a 3-0 win over Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Guardiola’s side are the only undefeated team left in the league after their club record-equalling 11th consecutive win in all competitions and playing a brand of football that at times has been simply breathtaking, drawing comparisons with the Spaniard’s time as boss of Barcelona.
But Guardiola is not getting carried away with talk of going the distance without a loss.
“To finish unbeatable, that is not going to happen because we are in a lot of games and a lot of competitions are so demanding, more than ever. To win with this kind of record sounds ridiculous,” he told reporters.
“There will be a moment when we are going down. In that moment I am curious and I will test myself as a manager with the players and see how we are going to react.
“I know people like a lot the statistics and to compare one to another one with titles, and I am happy for the 11 wins in a row because we showed that we can win a lot of games in a row. But that’s all.”
That last English club to go an entire league campaign unbeaten was Arsenal back in 2003-04. The Invincibles ended the season as champions with 26 win and 12 draws. That side included players such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires. The current City side does not look like poor relations in comparison. So far this year Kevin De Bruyne has been in imperious form making the team tick. His supporting cast has been just as impressive, Aguero, Leroy Sane and David Silva all causing more than enough trouble for opposition defenses.
But Guardiola is clearly not one to let his mind wander and get ahead of himself, warning his side that there could be several bumps ahead.
“We are going to lose games, of course, but complacency, being (too) relaxed, is what we are not. That is not going to happen with me,” he said.
City next visit West Brom on Saturday.
‘My feelings? Mixed’: Sebastian Vettel clings on in desperate Lewis Hamilton pursuit as Kimi Raikonnen wins US Grand Prix
AUSTIN: Sebastian Vettel said he felt mixed emotions after keeping his slender title challenge alive by finishing fourth in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, won by Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
The four-time champion, who started fifth on the grid after taking a three-place penalty, recovered from an opening lap spin to fight through the field in a tactical contest that left Lewis Hamilton frustrated in his bid to clinch his fifth drivers world title.
“My feelings? Mixed,” he said. “Happy. Really happy for Kimi. But not much for me. It should have been a better day.”
Vettel can only stop Hamilton taking his fifth drivers title next weekend in Mexico by winning the race and hoping Hamilton hits problems that keep him out of the top seven places.
He said he suffered a major blow when he clashed with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap.
“I must have been in his blind spot. I’m not sure he saw me. The corner kept tightening and we hit. It was a big loss for me.”
Vettel’s disappointment took nothing away from a resurgent Ferrari’s satisfaction in recovering their mid-season pace, after abandoning several recent upgrades, and claiming a revitalising victory.
“I am very proud of them all,” said Ferrari team chief Maurizio Arrivabene.
“I was always proud of the guys and even more when we are winning races. It’s been hard for us recently and we had a race engineer pass away last weekend.... I have nothing more to add. It was great today. Thank you USA!“
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff admitted that Ferrari had been faster than his team, as he had feared.
“We lacked the pace and I said don’t close it too early. They are very fast. Kimi winning is great for him and for Ferrari, so let’s go to the next race in Mexico now.
“It was difficult to overtake, but for us it was a strategy that got worse as it progressed. We need to re-think and see what we can do better. We put on a good show altogether and that’s what’s more important.”