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Guardiola hails Emery as PL opener against the Gunners looms

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed he is aiming to improve his side’s performances this season in the Premier League, rather than beat their record breaking 100 point tally.

City ran away with the league last season very early on, with it being a one horse race for the majority of the season. It seemed inevitable that the Blues would win the league, and until January’s loss to Liverpool it was thought that they could go the whole season unbeaten.

Instead, they managed to become the first team ever in the Premier League to finish the season with a three figure points tally.

And Guardiola has insisted that the 18/19 season is all about improving the team’s performances on the pitch, not bettering their points tally.

“People ask ‘can you improve on 100 points?’ and I say no because we are not here to do that. However, individually the players can improve,” Guardiola said during the Sky Sports Premier League launch.

“Of course we can improve. If I felt we could not improve the team I would call my chairman and say: ‘I leave.’ But still, we believe we can do better and dominate more. Will it happen? I don’t know but we believe we can do it.”

City begin their Premier League campaign with a trip to the Emirates against Arsenal on Sunday, and Guardiola believes new manager Unai Emery can help the Gunners to mount a serious challenge this season.

“Arsenal I think are going to be more consistent as a team,” Guardiola added. “It will be tough like it has to be. It’s nice because every season the Premier League is tougher and tougher.

“Unai is a work ethic guy. He knows everything about the opponents. He achieved something unique in European football in three Europa Leagues in a row and he handled himself well at PSG. He’s a top, top manager and it will be tough.”