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Pep Guardiola 'More Than Optimistic' For Season Ahead Despite Man City's Opening Day Defeat to Tottenham Hotspur

Ali Shibil Roshan
Guardiola remains unfazed despite opening day defeat to Spurs
Guardiola remains unfazed despite opening day defeat to Spurs / James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images
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Pep Guardiola is 'more than optimistic' for the season ahead despite Manchester City's opening day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Son Heung-Min's goal on 55 minutes was enough for Spurs to inflict an opening day defeat on defending champions Man City.

Guardiola, though, remains unfazed by the defeat, and is not expecting a repeat of what happened last season, where they had a stuttering start to the campaign. City could only earn 12 points from the first nine games of their Premier League 2020/21 season, but Guardiola says "what happened last season doesn't mean it will happen again."

"I would have preferred to have played better and won the game last Sunday," Guardiola told Man City's official website.

"Especially the first 15 minutes when we were so good - but after that, we couldn't control the transitions.

"It’s never easy against Spurs. What happened last season doesn't mean it will happen again.

"We have to prepare game by game. The lesson I learned from the last few years is how many players do you have for the training session? How many are there for the game? – and then try to win that game.

"The rest is hypothetical. I am not a guy to venture what is going to happen this season."

Guardiola also said he is 'more than optimistic' for the season ahead. He said: "As for my squad, I don’t have any doubts. What they have done so far, for many, many years, the main group are the same.

"I know their mentality, I know they want to do it, but football is unpredictable.

"Anything can happen. Bad periods can happen again but I am more than optimistic (for the season ahead)."


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