Manchester City have turned things around after starting the league in an unexpected form.
’s last campaign ended in August after Guardiola’s team was knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon. The Citizens’ started their 2020-21 season with an extra week off but managed to achieve only 12 points from their opening eight games. This was their worst start to the top-flight league since 2008-09 but since beatingTottenham
with a 2-0 result, City have displayed a different form as they have been unbeaten in seven league games. Their last match was a crucial 3-1 victory againstChelsea
on Sunday which saw them climb their way up to the fifth place of the table.
Kevin De Bruyne
who scored a goal and assisted another one against Lampard’s team believes that City’s preparation for the season had been insufficient.
"I think at the beginning of the season we had many difficulties, many injuries, no pre-season," De Bruyne said.
"Mentally and physically, we weren't ready for the new season.
"I think over the last month we recovered a few players, we raised our level, we have won a few matches and we have gone up a few places in the table.
"We still have another eight games in January in all competitions, it's going to be tough, but I think we are ready for the battle and that is what matters."