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Guardiola: Liverpool challenge is one we will relish

Guardiola: Liverpool challenge is one we will relish
Pep Guardiola says the challenge of seeking to overhaul newly crowned champions Liverpool – both in the immediate and long term – is something he and the City players will relish.

Liverpool will step out at the Etihad Stadium for tomorrow night’s eagerly-awaited Premier League encounter having just succeeded City as champions.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the boss was full of admiration for the job his Anfield counterpart Jurgen Klopp has done.

But he also stressed that Liverpool’s success had merely further ignited his own desire to not dwell on past glory, but to instead seek to improve again and strive to reclaim the league crown next term.

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“In sport you have to prove (yourself) every time. We are satisfied with what we are doing but the past is the past,” Guardiola declared.

“What we have done remains in our soul and memories.

“Now we must go on... it's a new chapter in our lives and you have to live it.

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“Memories are nice for family and friends - people say I don't have to show anything but I don't agree with that. Every time you have to do it again.

“The winner does not want to be beaten and we are going to try to fight with Liverpool and the other opponents for the next chapters in the Premier League.”

Asked to analyse what had proved the difference between the sides this season, the boss was crystal clear in his response.

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“That it was a team that was better playing at an outstanding level and we have to do more,” Guardiola added.

“Football and sport help you to understand that another side was better, you have to try to reduce the gap.

“For the next seven or eight games and next season we must work harder and better.

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“There are many details and we are not far away, but we have to do a little bit more in many aspects.

“Now we have a lot of games and think about the result to arrive in the cup competitions in the best way. To play well in the Premier League first is key.”

Guardiola also addressed overnight speculation linking winger Leroy Sane with a move to German Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich.

“It looks like it. It’s not done. There are still some little issues, but it looks like he’s going to Munich,” Guardiola confirmed.

“We wish him all the best and we say a big, big thanks for all our years together.”

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