Guardiola: “‘Invincibles’ record belongs to Arsenal”

FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: GRADIENT ADDED - COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 72336772 and 642590956) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal and Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City. Arsenal and Manchester City meet in a Premier League match on April 2, 2017 at the Emirates Stadium in London. ***LEFT IMAGE*** LONDON - NOVEMBER 01: Arsene Wenger the Arsenal Manager shouts instructions from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow at The Emirates Stadium on November 1, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester City at John Smith's Stadium on February 18, 2017 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Guardiola’s side are still unbeaten this season but the Spaniard doesn’t think that they can keep this up until the end of the season –  so he said that Arsene Wenger doesn’t have to be afraid to lose his special record.

Wenger said that it’s too early to speak about City being unbeaten through the rest of the season after just 10 matches and his Spanish colleague agrees with him. Guardiola wants to win the match against Arsenal and it’s the only thing he currently cares about so he didn’t want to make any bold statements.

The former coach of Bayern Munich and Barcelona spoke about the upcoming match as he said, according to ESPN: “Arsene’s record belongs to him, we are not going to break it — he has to be calm. It was an exceptional team, something fantastic. We don’t want to break this record but we want to play good and beat them on Sunday.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Fans show their support during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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He also spoke about the situation of Alexis Sanchez who has been linked with his team: “He’s an Arsenal player, his manager has to speak about him. You know the situation before when the transfer window was open but now it’s closed. Let’s not talk about that. He’s such an important player for them, for the talent he has and we have to try to control him. Let’s just focus on that.”

Guardiola also claimed that he is very satisfied with his players’ performances and he especially praised Raheem Sterling: “I think he’s enjoying scoring goals, he’s not scared, he’s not afraid to take a risk. And now he’s seeing how fun, how good it is to score goals,” Guardiola added. “[City coach] Mikel Arteta is working many, many hours and days after training specifically about the last action on the pitch — that control in the last moment to make the right moves in the final three or four metres.”

He added: “For himself Raheem has wanted to stay there, to improve, to practice, to shoot at the goalkeepers. It’s part of the mentality he needs. He knows a striker has to score goals and he has to do that if he wants to achieve the next step. You won’t survive in the high-level teams in his position if you don’t score goals.”


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