Pep Guardiola’s last 8 opening league games as manager: WWWWWWWW Goals: 25 Conceded: 3 Clean sheets: 5 Job done. ? pic.twitter.com/JRQ1uOgI0d — Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 12, 2017Afterwards the manager was predictably delighted with all the riches at his disposal and promised that City will "improve the way we attack" this season. His fullbacks will be crucial to that game plan, with former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker providing the pace out wide so obviously missing last season. Danilo, a right-footed left back, was less impressive but he is likely to play second fiddle to Benjamin Mendy once the Frenchman recovers from the thigh strain that kept him out on Saturday.
"I was very happy with the new players. I want to say thank you to the club," Guardiola said. "We have huge players with lots of talent. Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City, we are a strong club." Arguably, no manager is under greater pressure this season than the Spaniard, who after one trophyless campaign knows he must deliver something special. Dressed rather like an American college student in beige trousers, a black top and white pumps, he cut a relaxed figure on the touchline, knowing, perhaps, that there would be tougher tests ahead. His biggest problem may be keeping everyone happy as he tweaks his teamsheet. With so much talent at his disposal, City's players know they have limited time to impress. "I want to continue with what we did in the last three games of pre-season," said Guardiola. "We were stable but we have to try to improve. The most important thing was to win the first game."
What did Pep Guardiola learn last season?"Every game is a battle" But Manchester City overcame promoted Brightonhttps://t.co/XeJplwD6JL pic.twitter.com/cQ4olNpciJ — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 12, 2017
"The first game is always complicated, in my experience, even with Barcelona." Pep Guardiola is relieved.https://t.co/XeJplwD6JL pic.twitter.com/qwkLFupXr2 — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 13, 2017