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Guardiola admits Man City squad ‘lack condition’ after Arsenal win

Manchester City got their defence of the Premier League title off to a fine start today, defeating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates.

Guardiola’s side were at their free flowing best in the first-half and went in at the break 1-0 up courtesy of a Raheem Sterling strike.

Arsenal did start to come into the game a bit at the beginning of the second period, but the impressive Bernardo Silva slammed home from about 12 yards out on 64 minutes, which killed any hopes the Gunners had of getting anything out of their opening Premier League fixture of the season.

Manchester City, much like many other top English clubs, have had a difficult pre-season with many players only arriving back to the Etihad in recent days after their exertions at the World Cup in Russia. Guardiola admitted afterwards that several of his players are still not fully fit and predicted his sides performances will become even better over the course of the season:

“We have a lot of players with a lack of condition but we are more than two seasons together and know what to do,” Guardiola told the BBC.

“We made a good performance in general and day by day we will get better and better.”

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