Pep Guardiola: I prefer to play teams like Wolves in November or December

Pep Guardiola is unfazed after his Manchester City side dropped their first points of the season on Saturday in a tough 1-1 draw with newly-promoted Wolves at Molineux.

The Blues conceded a goal that was clearly a handball by Wolves defender Willy Boly, but Aymeric Laporte’s first goal for the club since arriving from Athletic Bilbao in January ensured City remained unbeaten with two wins and a draw from their opening trio of games.

Guardiola sat alone in the dugout before the game and knew he had a tough game on his hands against a fired-up team back in the Premier League after a long absence.

“We came to win the game like we did in the last month but we dropped two points or won one point and nothing will change after three Premier League games,” said Guardiola.

The Catalan made an interesting comment on how he prefers to face Premier League new boys like Wolves in the winter period, which he believes makes them less daunting prospects than so early in the season.

“It’s a long road and we have to continue in that way. I said in the previous press conference that, in my experience, they are tough games at the start against newly-promoted clubs.

“I prefer to play them in November or December when the season is more advanced because most days they don’t feel pressure against one of the contenders to win the Premier League.”

City have two home games either side of September’s international break coming up, against Newcastle and Fulham, and will look to get back to winning ways before they travel to Cardiff for another game against a newly-promoted side.

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