Manchester City players not fit, says Pep Guardiola

"They destroyed the championship last season, the way they played attractive football", Guardiola said of Wolves.

Neville was impressed with the approach used by Wolves in their 1-1 draw with the English Premier League champions on Saturday, and he takes the view that other sides in the top flight could learn from this example. "Sometimes you say, 'Wow, what a player we have!'" Guardiola said after win at Arsenal a fortnight ago. But, if a few more teams whom City might be expected to beat can play like Wolves did, then everyone can look forward to a more exciting season.

Southampton's hard start continued with Harry Maguire's stoppage-time victor seeing Leicester City earn a 2-1 comeback win, a victory that will have brought much pleasure to visiting manager Claude Puel on his return to his former club.

Ninety minutes that saw City fail to display their ruthless attacking best resulted in them having to settle for a 1-1 draw against Nuno Espírito Santo's men.

"He came back and I think he forgot about it", he added.

'In the past two weeks in training I've seen the Leroy that I know and we know. We have to choose, now Mendy is playing more wide.

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But as the City boss tries to come up with ways to evolve his side and even improve upon a 100-point title win, Mendy is set for a crucial role - as long as he behaves himself. "Every manager can do what they want because they know their teams. What he did last season was so important".

Laporte did equalize for his team, but that was all they could manage.

"It's always good to win points but we wanted to win", he told the club's official website.

Following the Newcastle game, Guardiola will see most of his player leave Manchester for the global break. "Of course, for the spectators in the stadium, everyone on TV, they enjoy it because we had chances, they had chances, and for the Premier League it's good".

Though the champions, who had won their first two games of the season in handsome fashion, will be frustrated at their dominance not being rewarded, Wolves deserved their second league point and never stopped striving for a late victor.

Rui Patricio was the busier of the two goalkeepers, with the Wolves stopper producing a number of superb saves to keep out Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

  • Lawrence Cooper