Manchester City must use last season as inspiration, says Pep Guardiola

Dennis Wise is not convinced by Arsenal’s summer business

Dennis Wise is not convinced by Arsenal’s summer business

"I am looking every day and the players are smiling in training with a big collective spirit".

Instead, he has told his players to use their form of past year - in which they also set records for most points, wins and goals in the Premier League era - to launch another championship charge.

City were almost flawless last time out, winning the league with a record number of points (100), goals (106) and points margin (19).

That's an nearly impossible task against City, who set out to defend their title the same as last season - plus Riyad Mahrez. I like playing with them.

"That's the basic principle".

Emery has commented recently that he wants his team to play like City, and he will demand intensity and pressing that was often lacking from his predecessor's teams.

City impressed in last weekend's 2-0 Community Shield victory against Chelsea and could welcome back Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from that group after they were given extra time off following Russian Federation.

Guardiola does recognise, however, that City do come into the new campaign from a good starting point following last season's successes.

Pep Guardiola believes he is close to implanting the ideal culture at Manchester City and says the key to a "magnificent" follow-up to last season's record title triumph is not to forget it but to remember precisely how that was achieved.

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"The important thing is to be there and to be ourselves". Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and a Silva - either David or Bernardo - is a familiar trio for the away side. Some like Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones had excellent tournaments but others like Gabriel Jesus struggled. The moment I am not hungry I am leaving, the moment the players are not hungry any more they are going to move on.

However, after a 10-week break, the EPL is here with us again.

The toughest selection may be in the centre of defence where captain Vincent Kompany and Stones face competition from Nicolas Otamendi and £54million Aymeric Laporte.

Guardiola admits it's not part of the job he likes.

"He's bought players that they needed", Merson said on Sky Sports.

"They don't know it".

"A final you have to try to win it and we prepared for it like it was a game in April, May". Maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better - but if we do our job, we will be there.

Guardiola has no doubt Arsenal, who are at the start of a new era under Unai Emery, can prove to be one of the challengers.

Pep, on the other hand, will be expected to deliver the coveted UCL title to the blue side of Manchester, having signed Riyadh Mahrez from Leicester.

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