Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said he never predicted his side would enjoy the success they have already achieved so early on in the season.
City have won all six of their Premier League games so far, with a decisive 3-1 victory over Swansea last Saturday meaning Guardiola’s men have been victorious for 10 successive games.
The new manager revealed the secret to his success was taking each game as it comes rather than looking at a long-term aim.
“I didn’t think about what might happen at the start of the season,” Guardiola told City’s website.
“We just focused on pre-season, and then we took a lot of confidence from our Champions League qualifying games, and then it’s been game by game.
“Now we are thinking of Celtic, and then it will be Tottenham and that’s how we’ll go forward.
“And at the end of the season, we will see how our levels were and whether we were better than our rivals or not.”
Despite leading the Premier League table early on, Guardiola insisted he was not thinking about winning the title.
“I honestly just think qualifying for [next season’s] Champions League will be very tough,” he said.
“[Manchester] United played really well [against Leicester], Liverpool are especially playing very well, as are Tottenham and Arsenal. Everton may have lost on Saturday, but they are all so, so strong.”
It looks as if City will be without star player Kevin De Bruyne for their Champions League game against Celtic on Wednesday.
The Belgian midfielder left the pitch during the Swansea game nine minutes from time with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
De Bruyne is due to be assessed further on Sunday, where it will be determined how serious the injury is.
Source: Sky Sports