Guardiola's side have been installed as title favourites but the former Barcelona boss is not taking anything for granted and anticipates a tough start. You don't see one player on my team not running.
"I think sooner or later it is going to finish", he said. When you're up against the quality that they've got - they have designs on Champions League; ours is to stay in this division next season.
We played with the best intentions and it was not enough.
"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now would be more expensive after what happened in the last weeks".
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In the end they were undone by their own mistakes, with Dale Stephens caught in possession in the lead-up to Aguero's goal and Dunk's own goal sealing their fate in a game City should have won more comfortably given their 75 percent possession.
"It's a very disappointed changing room, which shows it means something to them and shows they know that for 70 minutes we were very much in the game".
"We controlled the counter-attacks, we conceded just one chance in 90 minutes away from home and that's not easy in the Premier League".
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "The first game is always complicated".
"But the season is going to be long and today was an improvement on a lot of things we did last season". I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League. So yes, we'll look at having as many good experiences as we can, and that goes for the whole season, not just the start.
After their title rivals lost their heads, Manchester City kept theirs. Romelu Lukaku should bring goals, which were a particular issue against lesser sides: United drew 10 home matches last season, at least eight of which it could be said to have dominated.