Man City boss Pep Guardiola has his say on Jose Mourinho's film critique

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims he agrees with Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho that the club “cannot buy class”.

Mourinho made some pointed references towards City when asked about the new fly-on-the-wall documentary about the Premier League champions that was released by Amazon earlier this week.

The United manager also said “you don’t need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie” when asked to give his thoughts on the programme.

Mourinho was presumably referring to some of the coverage of both himself and United in the eight-part series.

Guardiola, however, insists that ‘buying class’ is not something City were attempting to do in the project.

Speaking after his side’s 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on Sunday, Guardiola said: “That is true, you cannot buy class. I agree with Jose. We cannot buy class.

“I think we lived an amazing season with cameras. We did it for ourselves. I don’t agree with Jose in terms of disrespectful. This was not our intention – it was filming last season.

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Bernardo Silva insists intense competition ensures Man City won't get complacent

Andy Hampson 20/08/2018
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Bernardo Silva has warned rivals that no players at Manchester City can afford to let their standards slip.

Last season’s runaway champions have made a blistering start to the new campaign, with a 2-0 win at Arsenal followed by Sunday’s 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield at the Etihad Stadium.

The latest victory came with stars such as Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane and Kyle Walker on the bench and with Kevin De Bruyne sat in the stands nursing a knee injury.

These signs could be ominous for the rest of the Premier League and Silva points out that competition for places is so intense that there is no room for complacency.

The Portugal midfielder said: “It is a fantastic squad. Even with Kevin injured we still have a lot of options.

“The players on the bench (on Sunday) were some of the best players in the Premier League.

“We know the squad we have and everyone has to work hard to have a place in the team. That’s good because it keeps everyone entertained and everyone knows how hard he has to work to play.”

Kevin De Bruyne will be missing for City for a few months.

Kevin De Bruyne will be missing for City for a few months.

De Bruyne, City’s player of the year last season, is facing three months on the sidelines but Silva expects them to cope with the loss.

The 24-year-old said: “Obviously Kevin is one of the most important players for our team. Last season he was – if not the best player in the Premier League – one of the best.

“He is a fantastic player, one of the best midfielders in the world. It’s kind of a blow for us but we have other options as well. It means opportunities are opening for other players and that is good as well.”

City were ruthless against the Terriers with Sergio Aguero claiming his 13th hat-trick for the club. Gabriel Jesus and David Silva also scored while Terence Kongolo turned the ball into his own net.

And Silva added: “It was an amazing performance by everyone. Unfortunately they scored from a throw-in that we could have defended better, but in the end it was a good performance and we are very happy with it.”

Aguero might have had more with one shot rebounding off the post and another being well saved by Huddersfield goalkeeper Ben Hamer, who otherwise endured a torrid afternoon.

The Portuguese playmaker said: “Once again he proved how good he is and it is a privilege to have him with us and be able to count on so many goals every season.”

Huddersfield’s consolation came from Jon Gorenc Stankovic. Defeat was their second of the campaign after their 3-0 loss to Chelsea in their opening fixture.

Defender Tommy Smith said: “It was a tough day but we were playing Man City. I think it would have been a tough day for the majority of teams in this league.

“The first two games of the season have not been kind to us – Chelsea and Man City. It was tough but the manager has just said the season starts with Cardiff next week now. We’ll look forward to that and try to put this to bed.”

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Tottenham's Kieran Trippier desperate to build on World Cup success

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Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier wants to build on his outstanding World Cup and take his game to the next level.

Trippier, playing at right wing-back, was arguably England’s player of the tournament as Gareth Southgate’s men made it to the semi-finals in Russia before bowing out to Croatia.

It was against the Croatians that Trippier put the Three Lions ahead with a brilliant free-kick and he picked up for Spurs where he left off with another fine strike against Fulham.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were labouring towards a 1-1 draw until Trippier, in his first game since the semi-final, sent a curling effort over the wall and into the corner, with Harry Kane then going on to seal the points in a 3-1 win.

That goal was just part of a fine display on the right and the 27-year-old is hoping to put his impressive summer to good use.

“I was delighted to play at the World Cup, it’s crazy what a year can do because I only made my debut for England last year and a year later I am playing in a World Cup,” he said.

“I learnt a lot about myself, it gave me a lot of confidence and I am happy to come back with more experience.

“Hopefully I can put that to good use by playing as many games as I can for Tottenham this season and helping the team out.”

The free-kick against Fulham, which came at a crucial time after Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Lucas Moura’s opener, was further out and on the other side to his World Cup effort, but he backed himself, even if his team-mates did not.

“Some of the boys saw me shaping up to take it and said, ‘Is it not a bit too far out?'” he added.

“That made me question my decision and think, ‘Is it a bit too far out?’ But the decision had already been made and I tried to block the keeper’s view as much as possible by telling the boys to get in the wall.

“I am happy it went in. I think it was a crucial time to get a goal, no matter who scored it, because they were getting on top of the game.

“They had scored and gained a lot of momentum, but I think my goal threw them a bit. It was a massive goal in terms of the game.

“Fulham are a very good side and pass it well. I think they will do really well this season.”

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