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My players motivate themselves, says Guardiola

My players motivate themselves, says Guardiola
My players motivate themselves, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has insisted it’s his players’ internal desire to win that has made City so successful in recent years.

City won an historic Treble last season and are again in contention for the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League as we approach the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

Indeed, we have now won 16 major honours under Guardiola, making the Catalan the most decorated manager in our history.

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With a hectic schedule over the next two months, City are going to have to dig deep if we’re to successfully defend our titles.

The run in starts in earnest with the visit of Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners are top of the Premier League with 64 points, but City, with 63 points, know we can overtake our opponents with victory this weekend.

Speaking ahead of that game, Guardiola stated that it’s the mentality of his players that drives us on to yet more success.

“I think it comes from inside themselves. After eight years, I don’t have to motivate them every three days - it doesn’t work like that unfortunately,” he said.

“They have something inside - some fire - to compete or else we would not be here. I say a thousand million times that the biggest reason behind our success is the players and their desire to extend the success.

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“They set the benchmark for the future generations. I couldn’t imagine we would be here after all these years and every year be in the top three, FA Cup semi-finals and the Champions League. It’s so complicated and it’s really good - really good.”

While City have been the outstanding team in England under Guardiola, the boss was quick to state that previous glories will not affect the destination of this season’s trophy.

“The past is the past - what we have to do is win against Arsenal and then Aston Villa in the next game,” he said.

“You cannot think about what happened in the past because it’s a new day. It’s important we did what we did, but I didn;t expect to arrive after the international break and be where we are.

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“You could say Arsenal have not won the Premier League for 20 years so will have something special to prove it - we know that - always when Liverpool and Jurgen challenged us so always they give you something special.

“What we have to do is be ourselves with our people - the will being something special on Sunday, I’m pretty sure - just like they did against United to help us make a good performance.”

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