Pep Guardiola demands more quality to Manchester City's play

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Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola cannot fault the work rate of his Manchester City side, but wants more precision in their play.

City opened their campaign with a 2-0 win at Premier League new boys Brighton on Saturday.

The visitors were kept at bay by the Seagulls until striker Sergio Aguero made the breakthrough after 70 minutes and Lewis Dunk’s own goal doubled the advantage.

“We have to learn to attack better,” Guardiola said.

“The big teams have to handle all situations. I am satisfied, especially with the second half. We are here to win games. We won but it is just the first one.

“We run a lot. You don’t see one player on my team not running. That is what I’m proud of the most.

“Last season we ran a lot but in the boxes we were not good.

“In the boxes we were perfect (at Brighton). We scored two goals, but we created more.

“Hopefully in the future we can be more accurate.”

City travel to Girona for a friendly on Tuesday night before playing Everton on August 21.

Brighton next go to 2015-16 champions Leicester, with boss Chris Hughton satisfied with his side’s first showing.

“This is our first Premier League game and we were playing against the team some think might win the league,” he said.

“There will be bigger scorelines than this in some Man City games, because of the quality that they’ve got.

“It’s a very disappointed changing room, which shows it means something to them and shows they know that for 70 minutes we were very much in the game.

“We gave a really good account of ourselves.”

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Tottenham manager Pochettino says Kane finds his praise 'boring'

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Mauricio Pochettino has joked that Harry Kane is tiring of being lavished with praise by his Spurs boss. Kane will register his 100th goal for the club if he scores in today’s match at Newcastle, a milestone he will have reached in 166 games.

The England striker has yet to hit the target in August in the top flight but Pochettino believes he remains a special player.

“It’s a massive achievement. I think Harry is one of the best strikers in the world. It gets boring because I repeat it,” Pochettino said.

“Harry finds it boring sometimes and says ‘please gaffer, move on because always you say the same thing’. He’s a fantastic professional. We hope he’ll score.”

Tottenham’s season opener will be played against a backdrop of Danny Rose’s criticism of the club’s pay structure and transfer strategy.

Rose apologised for his comments on Friday and Pochettino has sought to move on, forgiving the England full-back, but and Magpies boss Rafael Benitez is not convinced Mauricio Pochettino’s team will be distracted.

He said: “Pochettino is a great manager and they have the same team that has finished second and third in the last two years.

“When you have young players with a good understanding and another year of experience, they have to be better, so I don’t think it will be a problem for them because they have the same manager, the same staff, the same players and more experience, so they will be even more dangerous.”

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Mourinho demands more goals from his squad to boost Man United’s title bid

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Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho says more players need to chip in with goals this season if Manchester United are to challenge for the Premier League.

Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory was a decent return in the Portuguese’s first campaign in the Old Trafford dugout, as was Champions League qualification.

However, United finished in sixth place and an eye-watering 24 points behind champions Chelsea – despite losing the same number of Premier League games as Mourinho’s former club.

An unerring knack of drawing matches they dominated proved their undoing, struggling to break teams down when top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent or stuttered.

Mourinho knows they were over-reliant on the injured ex-Sweden striker’s goals and wants more support for this season’s main man Romelu Lukaku.

“In my other clubs what I had was more players scoring goals,” he said. “Midfield players scoring goals, wingers scoring goals, central defenders good in the air scoring goals at set-pieces.

“We always had that so my teams always had the goalscorer, we always had the guy that scores more goals, but then we had the winger that scored 15 goals, we had the midfield player who scored 10 goals, we had the central defender that scored five goals.

“And last season we were focused on the goals that our striker was scoring and when he was not scoring, the team was a little bit in trouble to win matches.”

At the other end of the field, Mourinho is set to reinstate Phil Jones and Eric Bailly as his centre-backs against West Ham.

Bailly and Jones missed Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid through suspension, but their continental ban does not impact domestic matches.

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