Mens Team

Guardiola and Arteta outline hopes for new season

Guardiola and Arteta outline hopes for new season
Pep Guardiola has described setting trophy targets as “ridiculous” and says his only focus is on improving his players’ performance level.

The Catalan masterminded a historic 2018-19 season that saw City become the first men’s team in history to win all four major English trophies.

READ: City sign Joao Cancelo 

WATCH: Cancelo reveals Bernardo's influence in City move

GALLERY: Joao Cancelo career history

And we did so in style, scoring 168 goals in all competitions, another top-flight English record.

Some have suggested anything less than four trophies this term would be a disappointment for City – but Guardiola says his job is about raising the level of his players, not fixating on silverware.

“Never when I start the season do I have to win one title, or two, or four or five - I think that is ridiculous,” he said.

“Tomorrow is trying to win, playing well, making mistakes to improve for the next time and trying to do that and play better in the next game.

“That is the only way to arrive in April or May, to try and have success.

“Sometimes you have a good result, but you don’t play well. You don’t have success.

“The key point from our point of view is always to play better, individually and collectively. That is the only secret we have.

“Understand the game, make the players feel they need each other.”

Guardiola has also challenged his players to work harder than ever before.

The boss believes the level City reached last season will not be enough to secure success this time around and he wants to see even more desire from his squad.

“The best athletes work incredibly hard in their job. There is no rest,” he says.

“Footballer players turn 35, 36 and it’s gone, it’s over. After they have time to party and do many things, but when you are here you have to work harder.

“So what we did last season will not be enough. We have to do a little bit more. That is the target.”

“That break can take weeks, sometimes it can take months. It’s a very individual thing.”