Man City players ‘not allowed to breathe’ in Pep Guardiola push for success
A tight-knit squad made Premier League history last season as they won the title with 100 points but their rivals have risen to their level in a big to prevent them from winning back-to-back trophies.
Liverpool can regain top spot by avoiding defeat when they take on United a week on Sunday, while Tottenham are once again coming into contention for the title.
City’s staff have had to work the players incredibly hard in order to remain competitive and Guardiola is proud of their effort.
“The appetite is there. After 100 points we have to push them,” he said.
“We don’t love each other too much, the players and the staff. We don’t let them breathe, but it’s the only way. Hopefully when we are not together any more, regardless of good or bad people can say these guys work a lot. Mikel [Arteta] and Dome [Torrent] last season, all the physios and everybody here, [it’s] the only way I know from my experience as a player and a manager.
“The more games you win, the more you have to work. The players that make a good performance continue, the players that don’t have to rest. It is the only way we can maintain that level because we are competing against Tottenham and Liverpool. They have made the best start ever in their whole history. Liverpool, whose trophy room is much bigger than ours, have had their best start and for us to still be there means a lot.”