Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Guardiola aims to keep Man City players humble

Guardiola aims to keep Man City players humble

Maurizio Sarri's side have won eight out of eight in Serie A this season to storm to the top of the table, scoring 26 goals in the process.

With City challenging for honours domestically and in the Champions League and with a World Cup in Russian Federation at the end of the campaign this has the potential to be a defining season for Sterling.

De Laurentiis added that he hoped recent comments from City coach Pep Guardiola, who reportedly said Napoli plays the most lovely football in Europe, would not distract his players.

Guardiola, speaking after the Stoke victory, said over-confidence would not be a problem for his side, who are top of Champions League Group F after wins against Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk.

"Guardiola's praise? It concerned me". He's a wily old fox and he knows the quality of his squad, which is remarkable.

Napoli's outspoken president Aurelio De Laurentiis recently claimed the Italian side would consider resting players with one eye on a crucial match against Serie A rivals Inter Milan this weekend.

"This could even be an nearly impossible game for us to win, but then they've got to come to Naples too".

"In Europe, we should only worry about getting to the next stage, not about winning every match".

"We don't have to win all of our games". They are quite similar to Shakhtar in terms of the way they play. "I have two and a half years left and I see myself here, playing football here under a great manager and with a great team, so of course [I want to stay]", he added.

If Aguero isn't fit enough to return, the man pressured to put City on his back will surely be Kevin de Bruyne, with the Belgian being in sensational form. "We've got the Inter game coming up and that's just as important".

When asked if he believed De Laurentiis, Guardiola said: "Absolutely not".

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