Pep Guardiola Points to Preseason Match vs. Tottenham as Season-Defining Moment

Marching towards second

Marching towards second

Guardiola was named the Premier League's top boss in September, October, November and December, the first man ever to win four successive Manager of the Month awards.

"It's a very nice feeling (to play like this), we wanted to perform in these games like we did all season", De Bruyne added.

Kevin de Bruyne scored with a sensational 25-yard drive before Bernardo Silva pounced on the rebound of Gabriel Jesus' saved penalty. They show how happy they are and that is the most handsome thing we can live as professionals, as a manager and football players.

At 26 years of age, Jorginho still has his prime years ahead of him and is keen on playing for one of the best clubs in the world and working with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium. "Every day I tell him he is superb".

They need six more points to break the Premier League record of 95 set by Chelsea in 2005, while their goal glut against Swansea took them to 98, five short of the 103 scored by Chelsea in the 2009-10 season.

"It's normal. In a championship so competitive like the Premier League, you must always look to progress and improve".

He sounded a solitary tongue-in-cheek note of caution, with two home games still to play against Huddersfield Town and Brighton.

"In football you have to play for something".

The Premier League champions also tried to sign the Turkey global before his move to Serie A last summer.

The defeat leaves Swansea four points above the drop zone with four games left, including a vital home fixture with fellow strugglers Southampton.

"Those are the key three points at the beginning of the season which were so important in making us believe that we can do it and that we can compete everywhere because we won against the last champions at Stamford Bridge. They achieve spaces other teams will not achieve".

Marko Arnautovic drew the Hammers level with a fine strike in the 64th minute but after a defensive error saw Aaron Ramsey put Arsenal back in front, a late Alexandre Lacazette brace made sure of the points.

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