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Media Watch: Pep better than ever before!

MEDIA WATCH: Pep says he is a better manager than ever before

MEDIA WATCH: Pep says he is a better manager than ever before

The Premier League returns this weekend!

Can we maintain our superb start to the season? We’ll find out on Saturday at 3pm when we travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham.

But before then, we’ve reviewed this morning’s back pages and there’s plenty of City news floating around.

Let's start with Pep Guardiola, who says he is a better manager now than he was when he was in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

He won 14 trophies in a remarkable four-year spell at the Camp Nou, constructing arguably the finest club side in the history of the football.

And at Bayern, he went on to secure another seven major honours, including three-consecutive Bundesliga titles.

But speaking at an event at the University of Liverpool, he says he is better than ever.

“I am a better manager than I was in Germany, and I am a better manager now than I was in Barcelona by far, just for the fact of being there,” he said (via the Star).

“Now, I feel being here I am a better manager too because I learned to handle this incredible league in many circumstances.

"We are doing a job, everybody around the world is watching us, and it is fantastic."

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Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini says he is looking forward to a “special match” when City visit West Ham this weekend.

The Chilean will come up against City for the first time since leaving the Etihad in 2016 and he says the Blues have improved significantly under Guardiola’s tutelage.

"I think City are improving every year,” he told Eurosport. “I left a couple of years ago and Pep has continued to do the work, buying new players and trying to improve the team.

"It'll be a special game but in this profession, as a manager, you must work in different places. The most important thing is that I have good relations with every club I have left and I had three good years there."

The Hammers boss also revealed Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are fit again and available for selection ahead of this weekend's match. 

"Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are back in the squad," he said. "They worked every day with the squad this week,"

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West Brom boss Darren Moore has heaped praise on on-loan City defender Tosin Adarabaioyo.

The youngster, who has been at City since the age of nine, joined the Baggies on a season-long loan deal in the summer and has impressed over the past couple of months thanks to a string of assured displays.

Moore says he is delighted with his progress.

“When the opportunity came, I wanted to bring him in. I felt he would contribute, and so far he has. And he’s getting stronger as well,” Moore told BirminghamLive.

“For one so young, he’s mature. He’s got a size and a stature, a great understanding of the game and a wonderful temperament.

“There’s no mental or physical step for him coming here. The boy has a desire and a thirst for the game.

“He’s shown versatility, adaptability and an understanding of the game. He’s got a determination to go to the very highest level.

“We’re pleased to have him here and to be part of his development. He’s doing really well.”

And, finally, Scott Anderson, writing in the Manchester Evening News, believes City are firm favourites to win at the London Stadium this weekend.

And it’s not only our fine form so far his term that has him so convinced.

“In three visits to the stadium, City have racked up 13 goals, winning 4-1 and 4-0 in the Premier League, plus a memorable 5-0 FA Cup victory on their first visit,” he writes.

“The Blues have won their last five games against West Ham in all competitions, losing just one in their last eight.

“And if the previous matches are anything to go by, fans should expect a goalfest. While City have scored 15 goals in their last three games, the last 14 matches between the two teams have seen a total of 51 goals - an average of 3.6 per game.”

That’s all for this morning’s Media Watch. Stay with us throughout the day as we continue our build up to this weekend’s game against West Ham.

You can follow live updates of Saturday's game via our Matchday Centre right here on mancity.com 

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