Pep Guardiola says he expects the Premier League’s goal-fest will soon ‘settle’ following a unique start to the league season.
English football has enjoyed a breathless start to the season with a series of thoroughly entertaining clashes throughout the division over the opening weekends, with a phenomenal 144 goals scored at an average of 3.79-per-game.
There have only been three drawn fixtures as sides have exchanged goals at a frantic pace, the lack of crowd pressure and increasing number of penalties amongst the potential reasons cited amid footballing circles.
Manchester City manager Guardiola has now given his verdict on the goal-glut and believes the high-scoring fixtures will soon come to an end, suggesting the unusual circumstances surrounding the season’s start have contributed to a pulsating opening month – City themselves having been on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline against Leicester.
“In the beginning of the season teams had more courage to play and step by step I think people will take care a little bit more,” the Catalan said at his pre-match press conference.
“Hopefully, for football, it will continue like this to see a lot of goals but it is exceptional – maybe for the exceptional situation all around the world are living.
“I suppose six, seven, eight goals per game every weekend is not normal.
“Maybe I’m wrong and it is going to happen but I think it will settle. There are a lot of injuries and many many games in a short time so that’s why it will be difficult to know exactly what is going on.”