Pep Guardiola gunning for silverware during his first season at Manchester City
So far, so good for Pep Guardiola who has admitted he’s surprised how quickly his players have gelled at Manchester City.
It’s been five straight wins in the Premier League for City, while they have also put Borussia Monchengladbach to the sword in the Champions League and the north-west side head to Swansea in the League Cup this week before a top flight clash at the Liberty Stadium.
Guardiola was surprised to be asked about a potential quadruple success at the Etihad this season and Sky Bet offer 500/1 about that happening, although the bottom line is that they are favourites to win the Premier League title and could well challenge for European honours.
As far as the Capital One Cup is concerned, then the former Barcelona and Bayern manager is likely to rotate although he can still call upon an elegance of riches including Leroy Sane and Kelechi Iheanacho.
BetVictor make City a 1/4 chance to win any trophy this season, with the same firm offering 3/1 that the Premier League leaders go unbeaten at home in the top flight this term.
William Hill quote 12/1 that City win the Premier League and Champions League this season, although Guardiola refused to consider the prospect of winning trophies.
“What the f***,” said an exasperated Guardiola when asked about the quadruple.
“Manchester City arrived in the Champions League semi-final once, so when the people believe I’m going to win the Champions League because I’m a really good coach, I don’t think so guys.
“So my happiness does not depend on if I’m going to win all the titles or not. My target is now to be happy today, drink a little bit of wine and tomorrow prepare for the next game.
“Of course I’m going to try to win our League Cup game, there’s no doubt about that. And after that we’re going to see.
“So my question today is, ‘Are the people who came to this game really enjoying it?’ Yes? Wow, that’s enough. Then, if we win titles or not, we’ll see.”
All odds were correct at time of posting.