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Pep Guardiola wants even more from Manchester City next season

“If it was perfect, I would not be here next season. I would be done.”


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will challenge his Premier League kings to get even better next season.

The newly-crowned champions racked up a century of goals on their way to a 4-1 win at West Ham and now stand on the verge of a record-breaking campaign.

City, who will be presented with the Premier League trophy at home to Huddersfield next Sunday, need one more win to break Chelsea’s points record of 95 and two more goals to overtake the Blues’ Premier League high of 103.

But even then Guardiola will not be satisfied.

He said: “Football is not a finished business. We can be clinical. There are many aspects we can improve. If it was perfect, I would not be here next season. I would be done.

“The level of consistency was high this season, yes. Our strikers have an average age of 22. For 20 guys in our squad, this will be the first time they’ve won the Premier League. We are a young team in terms of many circumstances. That’s why it’s good.

“The target next season is to keep this consistency, the discipline. In the recent Premier League, teams were not able to do that. That is the challenge.”

Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho were on target, while Pablo Zabaleta scored an own goal against his old club, as City cruised to a record-equalling 30th victory of the season.

The Hammers gave their visitors a guard of honour as they emerged from the tunnel, and they were just as accommodating on the pitch once the game kicked off.

After 12 minutes Sane’s shot deflected in off Patrice Evra, before Kevin De Bruyne’s cross found the net via Declan Rice’s thigh and Zabaleta’s backside.

West Ham briefly rallied through Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick but second-half strikes from Jesus and Fernandinho confirmed the gulf in class.

“They were far better than us, outstandingly good, and we didn’t do well enough,” admitted Hammers manager David Moyes.

“We found a way back at half-time, but we can’t have any complaints. They were excellent and we didn’t defend as well as we have against other big teams.

“We couldn’t get close to them. I wanted to challenge them, I wanted to do better, so I’m disappointed.”

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