Pep Guardiola fears for Manchester City's top four chances

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Manchester City seem unbeatable right now. Even with Pep Guardiola in charge, nobody expected the Citizens to fly out the blocks as well as they have.

Ten wins in as many games proves an incredible feat and just over a month into the league, City wield a four-point lead at the top of the table. It hasn’t taking long for them to stamp their authority.

However, Guardiola has been rather reserved with his expectations for the season. Despite such an electrifying start, the ex-Barcelona boss predicts a difficult fight to make the top four.


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Imperious form

It all started so precariously. Especially considering Sunderland’s form currently, a slender 2-1 win at the Etihad now appears a rather off-colour performance. After all, the Sky Blues relied on a Paddy McNair own goal to steal the three points.

However, since then, Guardiola’s men haven’t looked back and have rattled home a further nine victories.

Stoke City may be a notorious trip to make, but City made it look easy with a 4-1 romping. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were similarly dispatched also via a 2-1 win that saw a mesmerising first-half performance from Kevin de Bruyne.

Even two consecutive trips to south Wales this week couldn’t faze the unstoppable City side. Just to add to their 100% start, forward Sergio Aguero has already broken into double figures for the season. Incredible.

Strange prediction

Despite all the amazing performances and unprecedented streak of victories, unbelievably, Guardiola remains worried.

The 45-year-old, speaking to Manchester City’s website, stated: "I didn't think about what might happen at the start of the season.

"We just focused on pre-season and then we took a lot of confidence from our Champions League qualifying games and then it's been game-by-game.

"I honestly just think qualifying for the Champions League will be very tough. "

United played really well [against Leicester City], Liverpool are especially playing very well, as are Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal. Everton may have lost, but they are all so, so strong.

"Now we are thinking of Celtic and then it will be Tottenham and that's how we'll go forward. At the end of the season, we'll see how our levels were and whether we were better than our rivals or not."

While Guardiola is right in referring to the amount of top quality rivals his side will face, a fifth place finish or worse seems unfathomable for City.

It would take a severe drop in form for such a downward spiral to commence. It may be incredibly early in the season, but the Citizen’s performances have been so impressive that the top four seems a certainty.

However, Claudio Ranieri demonstrated perfectly last season, that a manager shouldn’t get carried away. That being said, a Manchester City title charge wouldn’t quite match the surprise of that of Leicester’s.

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