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It's been an almost perfect start to the season for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the media...

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In a piece done by the Manchester Evening News, many of their journalists rank Pep Guardiola’s season so far.

James Robson starts off their feature with “some of the football served up has been from another planet.” Wow, what a complement that is…

Stuart Brennan continues with “Guardiola has already exceeded expectations which many felt were unfeasibly high.

“The hiccups of the last week are, in a way, a blessed relief – as they remove the pressure of being unbeaten, which was certainly building.

“The opening 12 games have been an appetiser – and the main course looks delicious.

Rob Pollard follows on with the positive outlook by adding “the team looks sharper, more tactically astute and hungrier than before.

“Top of the Premier League and four points from six in their Champions League group represents an exceptional start. There's a positive team spirit emerging and the relationship between the players and fans is improving all the time.”

Providing the final evaluation on City’s start to the season so far is Alex Porter whose comments give City a clean slate of ‘thumbs up’ from the M.E.N men.

“He [Guardiola] reaches the season's second international break top of the Premier League, with a team playing scintillating football but looking like they can improve even further.

“The Blues are going extremely well in both league and cups while still adapting to Guardiola's methods.”

And if that wasn’t enough, Porter ends with “Guardiola's revolution is progressing at a far faster rate and supporters can be justifiably excited at what awaits.”

Seems like the reporters are just as impressed with Pep and City’s start to the season as we far and of course we hope for more as the season progresses.

In a feature piece done by the BBC, it is reported that Pep Guardiola says that “he would not be the manager he is without playing under Johan Cruyff at Barcelona.”

Former Ajax and Barcelona player and coach Cruyff died in March aged 68 and it is no secret that he had a huge impact on Guardiola’s football career.

Speaking to Jordi Cruyff, Johan’s son, he says that "if he [Johan] can still watch football he's probably a big Manchester City fan.”

Guardiola was 16 when he first met Cruyff and tried to “adopt some of his principles.

"My view on the game, how managers decide how they want to play football. For my eyes is a little bit his eyes," he told BBC World Service Sport.

"Every coach has his own personality, but the view, the philosophy and the idea to see how you want your team to play is quite similar.

"Sometimes when I have doubts, he comes. In that moment, I don't know why, he comes and you have to do what you believe."

That’s all from a very Guardiola-centric media round up. Stay put on the City Now feed as we keep your Premier League-less day entertained with City goodies.

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