Manchester City picked up their sixth straight win of the season by defeating Swansea City 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
With two goals from Sergio Aguero, one from open play and one from the penalty spot, and Raheem Sterling also finding the back of the net, City’s fine start to the season continues. With a perfect record after six games, they sit top of the table with 18 points, four points ahead of second-placed Tottenham.
But despite the win, manager Pep Guardiola thought his side were a bit ineffective in the final third of the pitch.
“We didn’t create a lot of clear chances – we created a lot of ‘almost’ chances but our final pass wasn’t good enough today,” Guardiola told the club’s official website.
“We arrived many, many times with [Kevin] De Bruyne, [David]Silva and [Ilkay] Gundogan but it was amazing that we were in that situation so often but didn’t make the final pass, but then we got the penalty and then a third goal so we were able to win.
“We tried to win the game straight from the start and I thought Claudio [Bravo] was amazing in the way he mixed his passes; the short balls to the central defenders or the long balls to the strikers helped us create quick counter-attacks.”
Guardiola also stressed that despite the good start to the campaign, they will have to fight to finish in the Top 4.
“I didn’t think about what might happen at the start of the season,” Guardiola said. “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.
“Now we are thinking of Celtic and then it will be Tottenham and that’s how we’ll go forward and at the end of the season, we’ll see how our levels were and whether we were better than our rivals or not.
“I honestly just think qualifying for the Champions League will be very tough – United played really well today, Liverpool are especially playing very well, as are Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal. Everton may have lost today but they are all so, so strong.”