Pep Guardiola says City’s recent success and consistency is testament to the strength of the football club in all areas.

City are looking to make it a remarkable 20-consecutive wins when we face West Ham United on Saturday – and extend our 26-game unbeaten run.

Guardiola has won eight trophies in his last three full seasons as manager and showed remarkable consistency to win 198 points in two Premier League seasons, the second of which saw us become the first team in England to win all four domestic trophies.

The City boss admits having top players is key - but says to show such stability over a sustained period, you need an organisation that is strong in all areas, with staff capable of handling the demands of elite-level football.  

“First of all, we have an incredibly strong organisation,” he said.

“Lovely people. The backroom staff, staff, players.

“But when you achieve what this club has achieved in four years - winning a lot of games - you have to have top players.

“There are other clubs with bigger budgets. We have to live with this.

“We have an incredibly strong organisation. The club supports us. In all departments, it’s incredible.

“It was the same in Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“All departments in the club - we are a machine. But to win what we have done in the last four seasons - we won a lot of games, arrived in finals and won titles - you have to have good players.”

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has described West Ham boss David Moyes as like a “Buddha”. 

Moyes brings his high-flying Hammers to the Etihad on Saturday for a crucial Premier League game. 

They sit fourth in the table, having won seven of their last nine league matches.

It’s been suggested that this is the best West Ham side for many years and Guardiola is under no illusions about how tough it will be to beat them as he expressed his admiration for Moyes and what he brings to the role.

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“The season will speak for itself - he [Moyes] knows football perfectly,” Pep said.

“Like Carlo Ancelotti, everything is calm. They live like a Buddha life!

“They have that experience to do this. It will be a really tough game tomorrow, really tight. They are a good team.

“After I don’t know how many games we played, they are in a Champions League position. That is not a good run, that’s many months and they are there.

“The rhythm they play is better now than other seasons.

“Antonio is always a headache for his movements - he is dangerous.

“David Moyes, I admire these kinds of people. Like Roy Hodgson - they have long careers. I would love these kinds of careers.

“He always takes care of me. My first game in England was against Sunderland. He was there and was so kind. He gave me advice on how to handle the Premier League.”