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Guardiola taking things one game at a time after perfect start

Guardiola's City face Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday night
Guardiola's City face Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday night

Pep Guardiola insists he will adopt a "game by game" mentality as Manchester City continue to sweep all before them.

The Catalan has overseen 10 successive victories this season, including six Premier League wins, and he is already closing in on records.

Guardiola has equalled former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's record of winning their first six Premier League games, while victory over Champions League opponents Celtic on Wednesday - and then Spurs at White Hart Lane next weekend - would set a new Manchester City record of 12 consecutive wins.

"I didn't think about what might happen at the start of the season," manager Guardiola said, following a 3-1 success against Swansea.

"We just focused on pre-season, and then we took a lot of confidence from our Champions League qualifying games, and then it's been game by game.

"Now we are thinking of Celtic, and then it will be Tottenham and that's how we'll go forward.

"And at the end of the season, we will see how our levels were and whether we were better than our rivals or not.

"I honestly just think qualifying for (next season's) Champions League will be very tough.

"(Manchester) United played really well (against Leicester), Liverpool are especially playing very well, as are Tottenham and Arsenal. Everton may have lost on Saturday, but they are all so, so strong."

City left Wales with an injury cloud over Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who went off nine minutes from time at the Liberty Stadium with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

De Bruyne was due to be assessed further on Sunday, but he would appear to be a major doubt for the Celtic clash in Glasgow.

Swansea, meanwhile, are without a win in five league games, although a vastly-improved performance might take some of the heat off manager Francesco Guidolin prior to Liverpool's Liberty Stadium visit next Saturday.

The Swans held Guardiola's men until midway through the second-half before conceding a contentious penalty, but they have collected just four points from six games.

Ryan Giggs and Gianfranco Zola are among those to have been linked with the Swansea job, but Guidolin says he has not met with club chairman Huw Jenkins to discuss his future.

"I don't know what the owners and chairman are thinking," he said. "For me, it is not important.

"Instead, it is important to work with my players and have a good relationship with them.

"I have not spoken to the chairman. I do not feel under pressure. It's my job.

"In this period, our fixtures are not easy. We are not in a good moment for results, but (against Manchester City) I saw my team grow up."