Pep Guardiola explains the importance of Manchester City’s strong start to the season

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Manchester City have started the season brilliantly, beating West Ham 2-0 and Bournemouth 4-0.

Fierce rivals Liverpool have dropped four points already, drawing 2-2 against Fulham and 1-1 against Crystal Palace.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has now explained the importance of Manchester City’s strong start to the season.

“We are not champions of the Premier League (yet), that’s for sure. There are more than 100 points to play but I have no complaints, especially zero goals (conceded),” Guardiola said.

“The fact we concede one shot on target (against Bournemouth) and in the game against West Ham, apart from Michail Antonio with the header and Declan Rice we didn’t concede much.

“That is the most important thing. We have the desire to gain the ball and with the ball we are incredibly well organised.

“Every time we lose the ball, we don’t concede the runners or counter attacks and that is so important for us especially against teams like West Ham.

“But we cannot forget three seasons ago when Liverpool won the Premier League, we lost five points in the first five games.

“Two seasons ago we lost seven points in the first five games and last season we lost five points in the first five games.

“Always in this period we drop points, (then) after we make maybe 12, 13, 14 games in a row winning.

“This year that isn’t going to happen because when we are strongest – October, November, December – this is the World Cup.

“Maybe it will be different (this season). Of course, it is so important to start this consistent but now we have one or two days off and prepare our game for Newcastle.”