Pep: Play well, get better

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has played down the importance of equalling a winning record when his side face Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Since the former Barcelona boss took over, City have won all 10 of the competitive matches they have played so far this season, six of which have been in the Premier League.

Victory over Brendan Rodgers’ side in their Group C encounter would draw them level with Tottenham’s record-setting 11 wins on the bounce from the start of the 1960/61 season.

Guardiola, who confirmed at the Celtic Park media conference that Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph would be out, said: “Wins help to win more. The confidence is a real aspect to the way we play.

“But every game is hard. Tomorrow I am not concerned or focused on a little, little record.

“In the future an English team will win 12-13 games in a row, that is going to happen.

“What I want tomorrow is to play well.

“I want to continue with what we have done in the last months, continue to do the things we have done really well and improve on the aspects we have to improve on to win the game.

“Football is a process and my happiness as coach is to see the team getting better.

“Maybe small steps but getting better. That is what I want to see tomorrow.”

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