Improving in the Premier League
Manchester City may have managed to amass 100 points last season, but manager Pep Guardiola is not letting the players take anything for granted going into the season where they will be defending their title.
It’s one thing to win a title, but to defend it is another thing altogether, and Chelsea certainly found that out to their cost last time out, with Antonio Conte losing his job.
Guardiola doesn’t only want to defend the title – he wants to improve on last season as well.
He said to Sky Sports: “People ask ‘can you improve on 100 points’ and I say no because we are not here to do that. However, individually the players can improve. You can improve with your right and with your left.
“There are many, many examples. Where you can improve depends on the tactics and the quality of the players. Last season we played without a full-back and now we have Benjamin Mendy.
“Mendy has energy to go up and down a lot of times so we can attack in a different way. Of course we can improve. If I felt we could not improve the team I would call my chairman and say: ‘I leave’.
“But still, we believe we can do better and dominate more. Will it happen? I don’t know but we believe we can do it.”
Champions League hopes for Man City
Of course, City will not only be looking to impress in the Premier League, but to also crack the Champions League under Guardiola.
After being thrashed by Liverpool last time out, the club were of course knocked out and while it was also in the season they won the title, it was a big knock to take, especially in the manner they lost.
This time out, Guardiola will hope to reach at least the final – and make progress on his City record in the competition.