Guardiola wants to break more records with City

Sergio Aguero and David Silva

He didn't give a timescale for his return, with the World Cup starting in two months, saying only he is "fully motivated to get back soon to the field".

"We tried to tell the players, "Come on, keep going", but we were not able to keep going".

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola won't rule out his team collapsing next season - like Chelsea. That obviously takes time to adapt to but we've developed together and this season is a reward for all that work.

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Belgium midfielder De Bruyne has been one of the standout players in City's record-breaking campaign, but he knows Guardiola was the mastermind behind their triumph.

Their current tally of 87 points is the most by any side in English top-flight history after 33 games of a season. "It's important we don't get complacent though".

It's no surprise that Sterling has had the most prolific season of his career, scoring 22 goals in all competitions so far. Congratulations to them, to Pep Guardiola, all the players and the club.

"Always we speak about the manager, the players".

The Liverpool forward who has scored 30 goals in his debut season for the Reds joins Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero in the team.

With a 16-point lead at the top of the table, City could also break Manchester United's record final winning margin of 18 points from 1999-2000.

City would go on to win three more games before drawing 0-0 at Crystal Palace on December 31, ending the winning run at 18.

That winning run started with Raheem Sterling's goal in the seventh minute of injury time in a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth on August 26.

Let me explain. There's a stat doing the rounds that suggests England might just win the World Cup this summer because of previous winners.

Manchester City have won 10 of the 13 Premier League meetings, with their only defeat coming away in March 2012.

Guardiola is also keen not to allow his side to coast home as they face five teams battling to avoid relegation, starting on Sunday against Swansea City.

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