Guardiola full of praise following Man City win

Guardiola full of praise following Man City win

That has taken them to the top of the Premier League and got them off to a flying start in the Champions League.

Manchester City may have the odds in their favour but they must not expect a walkover at home to Shakhtar Donetsk this evening, Pep Guardiola has warned. The nine-time Ukrainian Premier League victor insists he has never knowingly taken a banned substance.

City have been in outstanding form of late, scoring 16 goals in their past three league matches, with 5-0 victories over Liverpool and Crystal Palace coming either side of a 6-0 win at Watford.

The defending champions were impressive 4-0 winners at Stoke City this weekend, while United remained level on points with City by beating Southampton 1-0. He always wants more from us, which is good, to keep pushing us.

The England worldwide, who moved from Tottenham in the summer in a £45million, says the pressure from a strong squad is keeping the players on their toes and that if standards slip, they will be out of the side.

"First and most important, I would like to make it clear that I have never knowingly or intentionally taken any prohibited substance, nor unfairly meant to gain a competitive advantage", he told the club website.

"It's just September, [it's] game by game and we focus on all competitions now".

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Guardiola said: "They beat one of the best teams in Napoli". It's easy. We're winning. That is the secret.

In the same vein as last season, the team have again started strongly in 2017/18. Fab (Delph), playing left-back, was outstanding. "It's good but the way we play we can improve in many, many things and concepts".

Ilkay Gundogan has returned to light training following his injury against West Brom (knee), but Tuesday may come too soon for the Germany worldwide.

City's expensive search for a partner or even a replacement to Vincent Kompany has proved fruitless season after season but with a tactical switch to a back three, the team can rely on the sum of its parts rather than individuals.

Despite Pep Guardiola's public warning to his team to not underestimate their opponents, it is hard to see the visitors coming out of this tie victorious when they come up against a clinical and rampant City side who are yet to suffer defeat this season. "I use my social media and the media here to (say), 'Come on, come next Tuesday to help us".

"When we play at home we feel we are going to score goals".

"Now we are creating so many - and this year we are scoring them". The stability can go down. "In the group we have to be careful".

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