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Guardiola also denied being offered the Argentina job
"We were once rivals in our days in France, but we're now friends and I hope we can play well together and score lots of goals".
"I have a lot of respect for his career, starting from the bottom and making an excellent career, winning titles and making his teams hard. Now, when I say something to them, they know exactly what we have to do", Guardiola's words were refreshing, the Spaniard once again demonstrating why his unique outlook towards the game plays such a prominent role in him being a serial victor. Both players possess vast experience in elite European leagues and have the ability to utilise their individual talent in ways to exploit opposition defences.
Guardiola believes recalling how well City performed last season will aid them going forward.
"We have different styles, but I think they're styles that complement each other - he's a very good player and a very kind person", he said.
"Of course we accept the challenge to win back-to-back, but what we have to do is to be ourselves".
It's a fresh start for everyone at the club and what better way to continue the new found positivity surrounding Arsenal than with an opening day win against City.
Arsenal have won just two of their last 12 encounters with Man City in all competitions.
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Arsenal fans are delighted with the addition of Lucas Torreira, who performed incredibly well for Uruguay in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The moment I am not hungry I am leaving, the moment the players are not hungry any more they are going to move on. "No way", said Guardiola. 'Forget how much Liverpool have spent, they were already a good team last season as well.
"Maybe Tottenham couldn't spend because of the stadium, but Chelsea - imagine Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic and [N'Golo] Kante in midfield, and [Eden] Hazard, Willian, Pedro and [Alvaro] Morata in front".
"Or Manchester United. People ask how will they do, but I know a little bit about the manager and in that situation how good they handle that". Some like Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones had excellent tournaments but others like Gabriel Jesus struggled. "That's why it is nice".
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But the Spaniard just looked a yard off pace from the start with sloppy passing and some poor first touches. Chelsea beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 to give Maurizio Sarri a winning start as manager of the Blues.