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Guardiola is happy with his team's start - particularly on the back of a shortened preseason following the World Cup, when 16 of his players were in Russian Federation.

United's manager has fielded a five-man defence for the club's last two Premier League games.

Kyle Walker drove in the winning goal from 30 metres as Manchester City broke down Newcastle's dogged resilience in a 2-1 victory in the English Premier League on Saturday.

"Step by step we will get our best condition", Guardiola said. Sometimes we win, sometimes not. "Our opponents have more points than then, Chelsea had dropped points and Liverpool a few". In all the games and Community Shield. "If they decide to play in that way, what we have to do to beat them - that is the trick". "To start with 10 points from 12 is a good start for us and I am so satisfied". "We would like to score more goals but we created the chances".

"To be honest, we knew it was going to be a hard start to the season", said Diame. The mums and dads bring their kids into the schools, they have more order, and we start again. The last passes [were] not good or not clever, but we didn't concede in the second half.


Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, meanwhile, tried to set up his side not to lose.

Guardiola, however, has sympathy for his compatriot.

"Every team can do what they believe because they know the teams, they know their players, the way they feel that is the best they can do to get points".

Newcastle are yet to win this season and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Against Spurs, Newcastle struck the woodwork twice as they chased a draw or better, the Chelsea match was lost thanks to a dodgy penalty and a cruel own goal with only seven minutes remaining. We had to control them. "Last season he was a key player for us". I respect him a lot.


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