Guardiola insists Man City aren't finished in defender chase

Guardiola has pondered making an approach for Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez

And Guardiola hopes to witness a similar level of performance throughout the 2017-18 campaign, as City aim to improve on a third-place finish in the Premier League last term.

Last summer he arrived at the Etihad from Merseyside club Everton for a fee of £47.5m but he failed to impress last season, enduring a hard year in the City defence.

"Claudio is a captain of a national team who never used to win anything special, and I know how important he was in the two Copa Americas and the final of the Confederations Cup", he said. "Last season we were good, but not in 90 minutes like that".

"I will try to remain as long as possible to help, to help City keep moving forward and stay high", Guardiola, who begins the second of his three-year contract this season, told reporters.

"When I was at Bayern Munich we played Benfica in the Champions League and he was there, and when we tried to analyze them we saw it four or five times and we organized a meeting to say 'Guys, what's the matter?" Adding to their woe was a miserable set of performances on their USA tour.




City new boy Kyle Walker caught the eye against the club he left earlier this month - while fellow new full-back Danilo was twice denied by Lloris.

"We haven't dominated like today", he said. The England winger waltzed through an nearly static Spurs defence and turned the ball past Michel Vorm.

However, the Catalan considers Saturday's performance the best from his Manchester City team since he took over. "I'm so satisfied, especially in the last two games".

"I think the club has to work and listen to the manager in the right moment, but also take their own decisions in the future".

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