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Guardiola: Solid base offers platform for success

Guardiola: Solid base offers platform for success
Pep Guardiola says his side’s solid defensive record is the ideal platform on which we can build a successful campaign.

City have kept a Club record-equalling six consecutive clean sheets across all competitions - and conceded only once during our entire Champions League Group C campaign.

New signing Ruben Dias has settled superbly, while John Stones has delivered a series of impressive displays.

And with Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake performing adeptly when called upon, City have rarely had such riches at the heart of defence.

Guardiola is delighted with his side's solidity and feels it offers the perfect basis for winning silverware this term – but admits there is room for improvement in the final third.

“There are things that were so good and things we can improve,” Guardiola said of the opening months of the season.

“Sometimes it’s not easy because we don’t have much time to talk about it or train. We have to diagnose it.

“We have opportunities to get better. But there are many things that are good - the chances we concede so far, even games we lost, except Leeds, we concede not much - few I would say.

“That’s why we can build from here, be solid. We don’t concede much and from there we are going to grow.”

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Meanwhile, the boss spoke of his deep-rooted belief his side are ready to have a positive season.

City sailed through to the Champions League knock-out phase, taking a Club-record 16 points from a possible 18 as we were confirmed as group winners with a game to spare.

And in the Premier League, despite some inconsistent form, we remain six points behind leaders Tottenham with a game in hand.

Guardiola says he has confidence his players can now go on a positive run, starting with Tuesday's game at home to West Brom. 

“We know we play every three four days,” he said.

“I like to play football games. We are in last-16 of the Champions League, in Premier League we would love to be more up but we are not far away.

“We can get results in a row and we have a game in hand.

“We have a chance to step forward and from tomorrow we will start to do it.

“This period is so demanding, we know that, but I have a feeling we are ready to do it.”

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