Manchester City look a team reborn under Pep Guardiola.
The Premier League side seemed to take to the manager’s methods almost instantly, and have won all eight of their competitive games under Guardiola so far.
On current form, that run is likely to continue against Swansea in the EFL Cup in midweek, and while some are starting to use the word “quadruple”, the manager himself will not even entertain the discussion of what would be an unprecedented achievement, surpassing everything he had accomplished at Barcelona or Bayern.
In fact, so bemused by Guardiola by the question at a press conference, he couldn’t help showing off the fact that his knowledge of the English language has extended to swear words:
This is 100% real, no dubbing etc.
Reporter: “Can you win the Quadruple”
Pep: “What the fuck” ?pic.twitter.com/kDp0JFTVmJ
— YourMCFC (@YourMCFC) September 18, 2016
Video credit: Sam Lee/@sammy_goal
Pep’s immediate answer to the question was an exasperated “what the f**k”, though he did go on to answer the question in a more articulate manner after a brief pause:
“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.”
Man City take their 100% record – the last remaining Premier League to possess one – to the Liberty Stadium tomorrow night, and although Guardiola is likely to field a weakened team, the eleven on the pitch will be no less determined to win.