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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
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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