Guardiola ready to go again

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his team have made a bright start to pre-season as they try to improve on last year's treble.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his team have made a bright start to pre-season as they try to improve on last year’s treble.

The Citizens have not played since their 6-0 FA Cup success against Watford in May and are currently away on their pre-season tour.

City will start the Asia Trophy against West Ham United on Wednesday and the club’s fans are now getting excited about the prospect of a third successive Premier League title.

Guardiola has refused to set any targets for his side, although he has reassured fans that his players are making great progress during training.

‘We’ll be preparing like we have done the last three years – step-by-step, re-analyse and adapt what we are not doing well to move forward,’ Guardiola said.

‘It’s no secret and at the end of the season we will see what level we are at and whether we will be fighting for titles.

They are smart guys, they know they are part of an incredible squad and it’s not necessary to tell them they have to play well to be in contention to play every game,’ Guardiola added.

‘The last week, 10 days, they have trained incredibly well so we are on the right path.’

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