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·22 September 2023

Pep: History shows our perfect start means nothing right now

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Pep Guardiola says history proves that City’s perfect start to the season means nothing as of now.

City have hit the ground running, winning all five games so far in the Premier League to be the only team still with a 100 per cent record and open up a two point lead at the top of the table in the process.

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Along the way City have also won the UEFA Super Cup and made a winning start to our Champions League campaign with a 3-1 win against Red Star Belgrade in midweek.

However, addressing the media ahead of Saturday’s latest Premier League game at home to Nottingham Forest, the manager insisted he was reading nothing into that flying start – and pointed to the example of what happened in his first season in charge at the Etihad back in 2016/17

“When we arrived here seven or eight years ago we made six from six (at the start of the season) and we finished third,” Guardiola pointed out.

“It’s just the beginning.

“It’s important to get points because the competition is hard, some of our opponents don’t miss much points  but it's just the beginning so it’s important to get points, definitely.”

After a successful battle to preserve their topflight status last term, Forest have made an impressive start to the season, winning at Chelsea and pushing both Arsenal and Manchester United close at the Emirates and Old Trafford respectively.

They will travel to the Etihad lying in eighth place in the table with their latest result a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley last Monday

For his part, the City boss said he was full of admiration for the job undertaken by Cooper and said he was anticipating the toughest of tests on Saturday afternoon.

"The most important thing is when he took over two seasons ago in the Championship they were not good," Pep pointed out.

"Then after he made an incredible run and got promoted, they struggled all season but finished really well with a lot of signings and to settle this is not easy but they did it.

"And this season they have started really well and made a lot of points - much more points than last season.

“They are a physical team, well organised and the pace in transitions is really, really high.

"We must be careful, of course we’re optimistic to do what we have to do in front of our people and will try to make it six wins in a row."

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