Manchester City players not fit, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City players not fit, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City players not fit, says Pep Guardiola

Salah, the league's top scorer previous year, scored the first-half victor on Saturday to give Liverpool nine points from three matches after Manchester City's spotless start to their title defence was halted by a 1-1 draw at newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was a lesson in controlled positivity, a balance between attack and defence and maybe an example of how to play against this City side.

"Since I arrived three seasons ago we knew how complicated it is and everything, the team was ready especially when we conceded our first goal, the reaction was good".

Former City forward Marsh and ex-Wolves midfielder Henry have taken to Twitter to give their reaction to the performance of Nuno's side against the defending Premier League champions.

"We played a 5-4-1 and we didn't create that many opportunities with that system last season, but today we did".

"The problem for us is we are not far away but we are still not fit", Guardiola said. "I'm confident that they will take points off our competitors".

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Benjamin Mendy is the latest player to come into the firing line.

What might be the most encouraging thing for Wolves is that, going by Nuno Espírito Santo's post-match demeanour, this was not especially unusual. "We want to be a team that, when we have possession, we're in control of the tempo of the game". When you have something to hold on to, no matter who comes to Molineux. "What he did last season was so important".

Having stormed to the Premier League title last season and started the new campaign in impressive style with two wins in two matches, life has been plain sailing for much of the last 18 months for Guardiola.

There was one flash of the form of last season, though, that bodes well for his hopes of returning to his sparkling form of last season and regaining his starting spot in Pep Guardiola's team. I have to choose and they have to be ready. City deserved to win, but on the other side, it's a match they could have lost with some of the chances Wolves wasted.

That said, Raheem Sterling very almost put the visitors ahead with 20 minutes gone, only for Rui Patricio to make a stupendous save as the City forward's long-range curling effort seemed destined for the top corner...

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