Five games, five wins: Pep Guardiola has enjoyed a dream start to life as City boss…
The latest victory, a 3-1 win over West Ham, was perhaps the most impressive yet as the Blues showed signs that they’re gaining an even greater understanding of what their manager wants from them.
Guardiola was delighted with the quality and the spirit on show and admitted he was surprised at the level of performance his players are producing after such a short amount of time together.
He told journalists after the match: “We can play better, no doubt about that.
“We are just two months here, not too much and I didn’t expect to play in this short time, like this. We played good first half. After we received the goal from West Ham from their first chance, we had the mentality to control our emotions very well.
“We didn’t concede any more chances and we made a lot more. We deserved to win by more goals but the performance was good. We need Ilkay and Sane because these guys who played today cannot play every game.
“From the first training session, the friendlies and the official games I have no complaints about the attitude and behaviour of the squad.”
Raheem Sterling was once again named Man of the Match after he scored twice at either ends of the match.
The England winger is in a rich vein of form and Guardiola is eager to let the player take credit for this rather than himself.
Pep said: “I did nothing, I try to do the best for all the players. Raz has scored two goals, that’s good but for me the games before were more brilliant.
“The first half he didn’t win he scored but he didn’t win as many balls as he has in previous games.
“Of course we are so pleased about his spirit. He’s so dynamic, so aggressive with and without the ball - I’m so happy he’s playing good.
“I just tried to help him, to tell him he’ll received the ball more often if he stays in his position. After that, it’s his talent. When City bought this played with an important amount of money it’s because of his talent. I’m happy for him, for us and for the national team.”
Finally, Guardiola spoke about Samir Nasri who made his first appearance of the season.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium but Pep revealed he is happy for Samir to remain in his plans.
Pep added: “Nasri can stay. Samir arrived overweight but after seven days, ten days, it was fantastic how he trained. His quality is another level. It depends on him. If he wants to help us and stay to be part of something, it depends on him.”