Guardiola warns rivals: We are still not fit

Despite Manchester City starting the season in sublime form their manager Pep Guardiola has rather ominously warned his sides rivals that his team are still not fully fit.

If anybody was expecting the reigning Premier League Champions to have taken their foot off the gas slightly after their record-breaking title triumph last season they have been sorely mistaken with Guardiola’s men looking in sensational form during their opening two League games, victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield.

City are one of the teams most heavily affected by players returning late to pre-season training after the World Cup, with Guardiola insisting that it will more than likely not be until after the upcoming international break when his team is firing on all cylinders.

‘We are not far away, but we’re still not fit,’ Guardiola told the press ahead of his sides next Premier League fixture away to Wolves today.

‘They need more time to regenerate. We didn’t do a pre-season, played the Community Shield after just a few days.

‘We tried to send a lot of messages about the strength and tactics this week. Players complain about muscular problems. That’s why Claudio is out and Kevin before.

‘Fernandinho had big problems after the game. We’re not in the best condition. Hopefully after the international break we’ll be better.’

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