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Pep: Man City at ‘high level’ given complicated preseason


during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Shaun Botterill

Pep Guardiola’s men had a few hiccups in Sunday’s Premier League opener against Arsenal, but overall were on cruise control.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 0-2 Man City ]

The 2-0 victory came with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, and perhaps most notably with Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, and Vincent Kompany on the bench.

The less than full strength unit still waltzed to the win, out shooting Arsenal 17-9 with 58 percent possession (numbers which aren’t a bad sign for the Gunners either, it must be noted).

Good stuff, says Pep.

“The first game was complicated away at Arsenal, and we played at a high level considering the physical condition of so many players who arrived late. It’s a first step, so keep going.”

“Yes. We have a lot of players with a lack of condition but we are more than two seasons together and know what to do. We made a good performance in general and day by day we will get better and better. I am privileged to be manager of Manchester City. We try to do our best always. Manchester City have given me a fantastic squad. I cannot complain for one minute.”

Of note, Benjamin Mendy had two assists and Pep had this little nugget for his gregarious and very talented left back.

We’ll just leave this here with you.

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