Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola stated their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool within the Community Shield on Saturday had not dented his confidence forward of their Premier League title defence.
Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez helped Liverpool within the season’s curtain-raiser on the King Power Stadium, with new signing Julian Alvarez scoring City’s purpose.
“There is no reason not to be confident,” Guardiola advised reporters. “No reason. What these guys have done, not just in the Premier League but the (domestic) cups and Europe (says it all).”I don’t know what is going to occur this season however I’m positive I do know these guys. I’ve no doubts for one second.
“Days ago we played against Bayern Munich and did a very good performance and against Liverpool, we did very good things. I don’t feel that we are far away.”
Guardiola left Kalvin Phillips on the bench within the Community Shield however stated the England worldwide, who was signed from Leeds United in a deal reportedly price 45 million kilos ($54.81 million), might be regularly eased into the crew.
“He has confidence – he’s ready to play,” Guardiola stated. “He only arrived three weeks ago and we have Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan who know our play already. But step by step he will get it. In many games he is going to help us.”
City kick off their bid to win a 3rd straight Premier League title with a visit to West Ham United on Aug7.