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Guardiola sees room for improvement

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola thinks his side can get even better, despite picking up a comfortable 4-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

With two goals from Sergio Aguero and two from new signing Nolito, it was a pleasant afternoon for City at the Britannia Stadium. Aguero scored the two opening goals of the game in the first half. Stoke pulled one back early in the second half through Bojan Krkic before Nolito got on the board with two late goals.

“Their goal in the first minute of the second half was a pity, and we just missed the last pass when we had a lot of counter-attacks in the second half,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“We defended high and compact on the second balls and our wingers played amazing again. We played good with the ball and just missed the last action. We created good situations but the last pass was not good.

“We arrived many times in the box with one against one and you have to try to finish the situation with a goal or corner or shot, but it’s just one month together so we have time to get better.

“But I am really impressed again with the quality of the players. We are so happy.”

Guardiola also gave praise to their opponents and their fans.

“It is always difficult, their corners are difficult and the crowd is amazing.

“I have to say congratulations for this amazing support. They press a lot for the players and the referee, for absolutely everything.

“They have a lot of quality in Bojan, [Marko] Arnautovic and we were lucky [Xherdan] Shaqiri wasn’t there.”

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