Pep Guardiola ‘likes what he sees’ as Manchester City bid for third straight Premier League title

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes his side are in a better place to win a third straight Premier League crown.

The Etihad Stadium side have been the dominant side in English football since the Catalan took over, with a third-placed finish in his first season followed by four league crowns in five seasons. 

Liverpool are the only side to have won the title during that time, with Jurgen Klopp's men finishing 18 points ahead of second-placed City in 2019/20.

There was a stark early drop-off after winning the league in 2017/18 and 2018/19, with Guardiola confident they are in a better headspace to go for three in a row now.

"I think we were quite consistent in these five games," the City boss said having won four and drawn the other in their start to the campaign.

"When we talk, it is (do) the same, the same. It gives confidence to the team and helps. It feels good. It is just five Premier League games though.

"After back-to-back Premier League titles I said I wanted to take a look at how the people come back in pre-season, how they start the games, because the third season after back-to-back was really bad, how we started. Liverpool flew and we could not catch them.

"I was curious this year, about the smell in training sessions and in pre-season. Since day one, I like what I've seen.

"We have to try to continue because if you relax a little bit in this league then I know what is going to happen.

"The big mistake for tomorrow is to think, 'ah Aston Villa' and then not start well. Huge mistake for us.

"Our duty is to go for 11 months. It doesn't matter what happened in the past, it's about doing our job. That is why we've had success in the past.

"We said after Forest that we have made our people happy, the 55,000 who came here. They went home and said the 90 minutes was nice.

"Talking about titles is ridiculous, it's about Forest. We had fun, the fans had fun. We felt it. People have forgotten about Villa last season, we have to do our job."

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