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City in good shape ahead of a tough, tough September, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola believes the impressive way City have signed off August has served as the perfect preparation for the prospect of a ‘tough, tough September.’

City head into the first international break of the season on the back of Saturday’s superb 5-0 Premier League victory at home to Arsenal.

It was our second successive 5-0 Etihad triumph following hard on the heels of our impressive success over Norwich City earlier this month.

Following the international break, City face a demanding September schedule which will see the Champions play six fixtures across the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup.

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And reflecting on the first three games as well as looking ahead to next month, the boss expressed his satisfaction at the way the squad were shaping up.

“We would have preferred to have nine points, but what is important is not what we have done,” Guardiola asserted.

“OK, we have six points right now from just three fixtures, but we feel these last two weeks have helped us a lot to work again with our basics and our principles.

“And the people day by day and the way that they train in these two or three days, I’m really impressed.

“I said to the players: ‘Continue like this guys.’ I’m not glad with the result, it's the way they behave every single day.

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“Now it is non-stop. They go away with the international squads and come back hopefully fit with no injuries.

“And you see the schedule for September. We have to be ready.

“Because what is coming is a tough, tough, tough period for us.”

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