"In terms of results, in the Premier League I can not overcome the results, the numbers of last season, but in the way we play, yes", he said.
Asked what makes it such a hard ask, Guardiola said: "I don't know".
Fresh from an entire summer off - we won't go into the why again - Leroy Sane is poised to build on the campaign which saw him lauded as the Young Player of the Year following a predominant role in City's title winning season which yielded ten goals and 15 assists.
Pedro is a player who should see his production increase this season as Chelsea makes a change in base formation. "Then it depends on the club, but I want to stay here for a long time".
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The signs in pre-season have been extremely positive for Jorginho at Chelsea with the former Verona man slotting perfectly into the Sarri system at Stamford Bridge.
Joleon Lescott was speaking at the Premier League and BT Disability Football Festival. "I'm very happy", Sarri said.
"The epitome of that is Pep, having to the best out of the City players and that's why they won the league". Chelsea is always a big rival, with Antonio Conte before and with Maurizio too.
The Italian will bring a switch to his favoured 4-3-3 and should implement a more attacking brand of football but there are questions if some of the players he inherited suit his style of play.
Chelsea and Manchester City meet in the Community Shield on Sunday with the result nothing more than academic but the game itself still has plenty of intrigue. "I think we need something, but maybe only a player".
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"He came from the World Cup with the injury and the time he had to rest on holiday was not enough to resolve the problem". The Red Devils have yet to win in the International Champions Cup, losing one and drawing another of their two games.
In 180 minutes of pre-season action, Jorginho gave the ball away just once and the hope will be that he can be the catalyst to fire the Blues back into the top four this season.
The City winger's disappointment was compounded as the defending champions lost to Mexico and South Korea, going out at the first stage of a World Cup finals since 1938.
"I want to win because it is important to have an immediate trophy".
"We can not deny there are more contenders, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, they have excellent players".
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