Guardiola demands more from players

Guardiola demands more from players

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday he was keen to wring further improvement from his table-topping squad, sending a stark warning to a chasing pack that is already struggling to stay in touch.

The Spaniard last year endured a first trophy-less campaign as a manager in his first season in England, but his team have shot out of the blocks this campaign, conquering all-comers with a swagger and verve reminiscent of the teams he crafted during his time in charge at Barcelona.

City’s return of 31 points and a plus-31 goal difference after 11 games represents the best-ever start to a Premier League season by any club. But though they currently lead second-placed Manchester United by eight points, Guardiola wants more.

“It’s not about the records,” he told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to 12th-placed Leicester City, when he will welcome back talismanic striker Sergio Aguero, sidelined since suffering a dizzy spell and blacking out while on international duty with Argentina.