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Pep Guardiola: 'Competition for places is key for Manchester City'

Guardiola: 'Competition key for Man City'
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola talks up the importance of competition for places after beating Arsenal without many of his star players from last season.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged his players to use the competition for places at the club as motivation to raise their own levels of performance.

City began their title defence with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal this afternoon, strolling to all three points at the Emirates despite starting without the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi, Leroy Sane and Vincent Kompany.

Bernardo Silva - who was behind Sane and Raheem Sterling in the pecking order last season - was amongst the scorers in North London, and Guardiola vowed that there would be more rotation throughout the campaign.

"They have to feel and be at a high level, and know the teammates will be in their position," Guardiola told reporters regarding the team's strength in depth.

"Everyone is going to play a lot of minutes and, in every moment, they have to be ready."

City will continue their Premier League title defence at home to Huddersfield Town next Sunday.


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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola watches on during the Premier League clash with Brighton on May 9, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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