Pep plays down quadruple talk

Pep Guardiola has attempted to play down the expectations mounting around his side following Manchester City's impressive start to life under the Spanish manager.

City have a 100 per cent record this season and currently top the Premier League with 15 points while they eased past Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their Champions League tie on Wednesday.

When asked though if his team could win all four trophies on offer in his first season in charge, the City boss exclaimed: "What the f**k?"

Guardiola then insisted he is taking each game as it comes – and playing good football is, for him, at the moment more important than trophies.

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He said: "Manchester City arrived once in their lives in the Champions League semi-final, so when the people believe I am going to win the Champions League because I am a really good coach; I don’t think so, guys.

"My happiness does not depend on if I am going to win all the titles or not. My target is now to be happy today, drink a little bit of wine, and tomorrow prepare for the (next) game. After we are going to see.

"My question is, ‘Are the people who came to this game really enjoying it?’ Yes? Wow, that is enough. To win titles or not, we will see.

"On Friday I saw two magnificent opponents – Liverpool and Chelsea. I know how difficult it will be."

City most recently defeated Bournemouth 4-0, with Guardiola admitting the level of his side so early into his coaching spell, is somewhat surprising.

He added: "Against Sunderland we played the first 5-10 minutes and 15-20 minutes of the second half good, the other (times) not.

"So I am a little bit surprised how much we are able to play at a good level. I didn’t expect that.

"We are a good team, but I think we can make it better. Of course we are happy, but it is not enough.

"Now we have four games away and we are going to see how we react in those games."

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