Man City V AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium : Match Preview

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16 September 2016
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Manchester City's hot start not enough for perfectionist Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has warned Bournemouth he is far from satisfied with Manchester City's exhilarating start to the season.

City have won all seven of their games since Guardiola took over as manager in the summer and their football has, at times, been spellbinding.

Yet as good as they have been - particularly against Manchester United last weekend and Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday - Guardiola is demanding improvement.

The Spaniard, whose side host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, claims he can never be truly happy with a performance.

Guardiola said: "After (a game) for half an hour, one hour, sometimes three or four hours we are so happy - but after that you start to think again about the next one, you start to worry about the strikers of Bournemouth and how they play.

"I saw their game against West Ham and they were unlucky and they played really, really well against United in the first 30 minutes. They were perfect on the pitch.

"I'm not thinking about what we did in the past, our four games in the Premier League, our three games in the Champions League. I'm thinking about what's going to happen tomorrow - what I have to tell, what I have to do, what do I have to train for them to be ready for our game.

"The Premier League is so difficult because you play so many complicated games. Any team can beat you and I have felt that. Tomorrow I am going to feel that."

Guardiola, who won a combined 21 trophies in spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has made an instant impact at the Etihad Stadium.

He expects the improvement to continue sharply in the short term but, even after that, he says the process is always an ongoing one.

He said: "With my staff, the only demand is to work a lot. The reason they got it quick is because they are intelligent players.

"But we cannot forget where we are now - we are in September. It's an opportunity to improve. In the recent past we did some good things but there are still many things we can do better.

"We will probably have things to improve even two years from now - but so far we are happy."

Guardiola is likely to be without playmaker David Silva for the Cherries clash but is unsure whether Ilkay Gundogan should continue in his place.

Silva pulled out of the Champions League victory over Borussia with a minor injury but, while Gundogan impressed on debut as his replacement, the German is easing back into action after a five-month lay-off.

Guardiola said: "I don't know, I've been thinking about it since two days ago. He played good but we cannot forget that he comes from a long-term injury.

"We will see tomorrow. Today we are going to see the doctor and we will decide."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side could produce the shock of the weekend in the Premier League when his side face City.

City are currently top of the table having won their first four games but after their first Champions League game was postponed until Wednesday due to adverse weather, Howe believes his side have the upper hand.

The Cherries are not new to producing shock performances in the league as last season they beat Chelsea and Manchester United in the space of eight days.

Speaking about the weekend's game, Howe said: "It's a great challenge for us, I see Manchester City as potential champions.

"But it's a good time for us to go and face the best.

"Like the Chelsea game last year, we're looking for that one match that can inspire the rest of the season as that one did for us last season.

"In the games against the big clubs last year we had some success and some big beatings.

"We will need to be at our best and they will potentially need to have a day where they don't perform as well as they have done so far this season."


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