0Shares0000Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola (C) celebrates at the end of their match against Manchester United in Manchester, north west England, on December 10, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFSWANSEA, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Pep Guardiola has demanded no let-up from his history-making Manchester City side after they recorded a record-breaking 15th straight Premier League win.Guardiola paid tribute to his table-topping team after they brushed aside Swansea City 4-0 on Wednesday to set a new English top-flight record for successive victories. Their win in South Wales eclipsed Arsenal’s record of 14 consecutive wins in the top division, set across two seasons in 2002, and Guardiola said his players were in no mood to stop now.“I am so happy because our job depends on if we win, so if we win we are so happy in our lives and in our jobs,” said the City manager, whose side remain 11 points clear.“In history there were amazing things like Liverpool in the 80s and Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson or Chelsea with Jose Mourinho. There were some amazing teams.“But we are the first ones to win 15 in a row. If we win the title it will just be a record and this record will be broken, but of course it will not be easy.“Because 15 games in a row in the Premier League in this period is really complicated.”City have required late winners in several of their victories, but Guardiola said that simply reflected their desire to win.“Of course we were lucky in some moments and we scored in the last minutes, I remember at Bournemouth for example,” he said.“But it means a lot in the faith and desire to win again and again and again.“We are going to try not to stop, to show that feeling to the fans, so when they watch us they know the guys want to win again and again and again. We want to try to maintain it as much as possible.”– Silva ‘is a star’ –David Silva scored twice as Guardiola’s men dismantled Swansea and the City manager hailed the Spanish midfielder’s newly acquired taste for goals after four in his last three games.“He is a real leader in terms of never hiding on the pitch and I am so, so happy because I spoke with him many times and said: ‘You have to score goals,’” Guardiola said.“Because he has absolutely everything, but sometimes he was thinking more about the pass and now in the last games, at West Ham it was a winning goal and again at Old Trafford.“He is a star, but now he is enjoying scoring goals. That is so important because we cannot just depend on Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. We have many options to score goals and that is so important for us.”Swansea manager Paul Clement saw his side well beaten, with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also on target, but despite his admiration for City, he said his side had contributed to their own downfall.“To be on the receiving end of that was very difficult,” said Clement, whose team remain at the foot of the table.“We knew it was going to be a difficult night, but I would say they are one of the best sides I have ever come across.“They do the basics, the ugly side of the game. They make it really hard for you. It was a comfortable victory for them.“I thought we became very passive, showing too much respect –- we were not aggressive enough. It was not about putting a striker on to go for it, but just to get upfield.“It was a tough evening. “They are a really, really top side.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“I don’t think anybody’s really thinking about last season as it pertains to this team,” Bryant said Monday. “What we try to do is focus on the daily improvements. And tomorrow is another step in that direction.” The Lakers will play the Warriors, who finished with an identical 34-48 record last season and have similar playoff aspirations, again Wednesday before returning to Los Angeles. On the list, meanwhile, of things he hoped to get accomplished, Jackson listed showing the crowd a good time and seeing a semblance of team play. He had not settled on a starting lineup and added that he would just as soon start the preseason a full two weeks after opening training camp. Jackson also was asked if tonight’s game would be of personal significance, coming 16 months after he walked off the court at The Palace of Auburn Hills following the Lakers’ NBA Finals loss to the Detroit Pistons. “Not particularly,” Jackson answered. He went on to joke about probably losing more exhibition games than any coach in league history, a lack of emphasis on the preseason that hasn’t changed despite now having one of the youngest teams of his career. Perhaps the biggest change from last season will be the structure the Lakers have adopted on offense and defense. They have devoted seven days of training camp not only to learning the intricacies of Jackson’s triangle offense but also the most basic elements of how to throw a pass and how to cut to the basket. “I think one of the biggest things we’ve done is start over from the beginning,” Mihm said. “When you do that and get structure like that, guys know what they’re supposed to do and you have accountability.” The Lakers also will get the chance to show fans a new look on defense, where they will try to use their youth and pressure teams more than in the past. “They haven’t seen us do that, really, ever, as far getting after teams and trying to dog them for lengths at a time,” Bryant said. The Lakers’ two biggest summer acquisitions, Brown and guard Aaron McKie, will make their debut tonight. So should Lamar Odom in his new role as a point forward. Odom said he hoped to play even as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. On the air: Even though KCAL Channel 9 and FSN West both passed on broadcasting the game, fans will be able to watch tonight through an arrangement the Lakers and NBA made with DirecTV, Dish Network and cable systems with iN DEMAND pay-per-view. The game will be broadcast free to such customers in Southern California, though the feed will come from the Warriors’ broadcast on FSN Bay Area. Wednesday’s game will not be televised, but both games can be heard on XTRA 570-AM. Injury report: Rookie center Andrew Bynum will not play tonight and is making slow progress in his return from an abdominal strain. Yet Jackson did not seem overly concerned, saying that now is the time for the Lakers to address any physical problems Bynum has. “We have to remember that this guy’s grown about six inches in the last two years,” Jackson added. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That is, of course, unless Kwame Brown or Chris Mihm feels the need to follow up a blocked shot by yelling about getting paid – as O’Neal did – within earshot of owner Jerry Buss. If nothing else, tonight’s game will give fans their first chance to see Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson together again as well as watch the Lakers start the climb back toward respectability, after missing the playoffs last season for the first time in 11 years. HONOLULU – The last time the Lakers played an exhibition game in Hawaii two years ago, Shaquille O’Neal gave voice to one very public contract demand while Kobe Bryant boarded a plane bound for a preliminary hearing in Eagle, Colo. Suffice it to say, the greatest soap opera in sports will be far less of a spectacle tonight as the Lakers play their preseason opener against the Golden State Warriors.