Pep Guardiola has praised how Manchester City became the team of the last decade in England and is confident the club can elevate their status further within the 2020s.

In the past 10 years City’s haul of 10 major domestic trophies is that the highest, three beyond Chelsea’s seven and better than Manchester United’s five. Before the club’s first game of the new decade, against Everton on Wednesday, Guardiola said: “I think within the last decade we were the simplest team in terms of points, in terms of goals, in terms of everything – titles even. So congratulate Manchester City for that.

“When we analyse every single day here, what happened day-by-day, it gives us perspective in what happened within the last 10 seasons, especially when the people from Abu Dhabi took over the club and purchased good players, [brought] interesting managers and larger stuff.”

Despite trailing by 14 points to Liverpool – who have a game in hand – Guardiola denied 2019 has been poor by pointing to last season’s sweep of domestic titles.

“We did it incredibly well,” he said. “People say ‘how was 2019?’ [and] now people are saying it’s a disaster. We won four titles [including the Community Shield], so it had been a fantastic year for us. In some games during this last a part of the year we’ve struggled but it had been a fantastic year for us. Congratulations to all or any the people working here. They were fighting with ‘huge elephants’ here in England, big clubs with the most important history. For the past decade we were a part of them. that’s amazing.” agen sbobet online

Guardiola is for certain City can improve within the next decade. “The big clubs in England are always looking forward,” he said. “We are getting to attempt to analyse not just in terms of the squad but as a club how we will do better.”

He denied the gap to Liverpool is solely thanks to the failure to shop for Harry Maguire or another centre-back within the summer or an overall lack of major signings, having recruited João Cancelo and Rodri.

“It’s not the sole reason why,” said Guardiola, who referenced Leroy Sané and Aymeric Laporte’s long-term injuries. “We don’t expect to lose important players for 6 or seven months. Any top team with important players out for 6 or seven months can suffer a touch bit. The manager is sweet once you have good players and therefore the other is bullshit [that the manager is bad when players are injured].”

Cancelo has struggled for form and Guardiola was ambiguous regarding the full-back’s future. “I don’t know what is going to happen during a few weeks,” he said. “In the summer we’ll discuss – if a player wants to go away, it’s simple, the agent has got to call to the club.”
Guardiola said he could strengthen the squad in January. “I never say never,” he said, before admitting City got to “pray” to possess any hope of catching Liverpool.

Laporte, meanwhile, is on the brink of a return. “He is recuperating. he’s training alone but already on the pitch and that i think, yeah, it’s the last part [of recovery]. In one week or even 10 days be can come and begin to coach with us,” the manager said.