Pep Guardiola cautious over Manchester City's strong pre-season form

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Emily Wilson

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After a 4-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday, manager Pep Guardiola remained cautious over Manchester City’s form despite strong pre-season performances.

Samuel Edozie, Ben Knight and Riyad Mahrez were all on the scoresheet in the first half before Nathan Aké added the fourth late in the game.

After the match, Guardiola seemed pleased with his squad’s display but urged not to read into things too much.

“It’s pre-season, a lot of things to improve. The opponent wanted to try and play but we stood high. We connected better in the second half than in the first,” he said to club media.

“It was a good test, the best way to get conditioned and to remember what we are, is to play games.”

Guardiola specifically earmarked the upcoming Community Shield final against Leicester City as a true test for City’s form ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

“We tried to give minutes as much as possible to our players because in exactly seven days we have the final,” he said.

“It’s just the pre-season, we can’t take in many conclusions yet.”

“What is important is there are no injuries and good things [have] happened but other things have to improve.”

City will face Leicester in the Community Shield final on 7 August.

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