Pep Guardiola: ‘We are delighted with Raheem Sterling ... we count on him’

Ross Houston
August 13, 2018

But Cech was given the nod for his side's opening 2-0 Premier League defeat against champions Manchester City and, although the former Chelsea man struggled on occasions with the ball at his feet, he pulled off fine saves from Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero.

Although Emery seems to have made a decision to go with Cech in his first Premier League game, Leno will undoubtedly try to impress his manager every time he gets the chance to. "For the record, I'm not a sports director, not even a manager". "We have not had a lot of training sessions and 90 percent of the Arsenal players were together for the last month-and-a-half, two months".

What was so remarkable about this performance from Pep Guardiola's side was that it lacked numerous key players that starred as they strolled to the title last campaign.

Guardiola insists City would be foolish to think they will ease to the title by such a significant margin once again and believes Arsenal will be part of a strong chasing pack over the course of the season. With Anderson and Antonio out wide, that could put us in a promising position to counter a makeshift Liverpool back four and who knows what Arnie can come up with.

No side has retained the Premier League title since Manchester United won their third in a row back in 2009.

"We arrived after a hard season and I told him I want to help him and want him to stay".

City were playing with the same vibrancy we showed in last weekend's win over Chelsea and were nearly 2-0 up when Aguero brought down just outside box by Sokratis.

"We spoke also and Petr Cech, he is doing very well".

Leno is starting with us, he's working very well and played well in pre-season but he can wait for his moment. But such is the fixation with managers, we obsessed over Emery taking over as if it were mainly a change of personalities, of leaders. But the spirit is there and that is the most important thing.

Therefore, steering clear of that this year, playing some attractive football and ending with a comfortable top 10 finish along with a good cup run would probably be enough to appease many of our fans, with the ambition to progress season upon season from there.

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