Pep Guardiola thinks that their standards have remained the same in the past six years.
2-1 victory overWest Ham
, the Citizens’ boss has talked about his side’s quality over the past six years, insisting that keeping the team’s mentality and the players’ ambitions high in such a long period is impressive.
"We created enough chances against them, under these conditions and circumstances for both teams,"
Guardiola told BBC Sport
"The last 15-20 minutes was impossible to play but, especially after the game against PSG which was so demanding mentally and physically, to get this team performance, it's a great result for us.
"The Premier League title is always the most important one of the season because of the fact you play a lot of games in special situations, the more you adapt and show resilience then we can show that mentality.
"After we have won three Premier Leagues in the last four years then it is easy for there to be a tendency for our standards to dip and to say it is not important.
"But to be near the top of the league and qualify [in the Champions League], after being six seasons together and the levels [of performance] still have not dropped – these guys are magnificent and incredible."
He has also talked about the Citizens’ performance against West Ham, insisting that both sides showed an impressive game although the home side had the chance to score even more goals.
"We created chances and it could have been three or four,"
"The absences we had, all the guys that came in were brilliant and that's why we win a lot, because of the mentality of these guys.
"We cannot forget which opponent we faced. West Ham have everything: Set-pieces they're so strong, they defend really well, on counter-attacks they are a machine, they attack channels like no team in the Premier League. We know how difficult they are.
"The groundskeepers were the man of the match. They did an incredible job today."
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