Guardiola sees City reaching Barca levels of desire

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Manchester City’s response to their alarming loss at Newcastle United 12 days ago has been emphatic with three wins, 11 goals and top spot in the Premier League regained, but nothing has resounded louder than Sunday’s 6-0 crushing of Chelsea.

City were back to their very best at the Etihad, smelling fear in a weak Chelsea defence and going for the jugular with Sergio Aguero scoring his second hat-trick of the week.

It was only in December that Chelsea beat City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, the Manchester club’s first defeat of the Premier League campaign but one which was quickly followed by losses at home to Crystal Palace and at Leicester City.

anager Pep Guardiola sees the determination to maintain standards that he experienced at Barcelona.

“The desire to want to do the best is incredible and similar (to that at Barca),” said the Spaniard.

“For us to get 100 points, break all records and continue to push them and push them… these guys work a lot. The only way I know is the more you win, the more you have to work.”

Before Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Everton, Guardiola was asked about his team lineup and said “Bernardo and 10 others” — a rare case of the Spaniard singling out a player in such fashion.

“Every single game he’s been perfect, his decision making on the movement, the way he leads the game, involved in it all,” he said.

“Top of the league, we have to wait to see when Liverpool go to (play Manchester United at) Old Trafford as we have played one more game. They win that and they are leaders, with us behind. But I am proud.

“What we did last season, to still be there every single game, that means a lot to me. So 11 games (to go), we are going to try until the end to retain the title.”

REUTERS/Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ken Ferris

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