Pep Guardiola claims there is no chance of Manchester City going through the season unbeaten.
City lead the Premier League by five points after winning eight and drawing one of their opening nine games, scoring 33 goals in the process.
They are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions this season and have equalled a club record by winning the last 11 of them in succession.
Comparisons are already being made with some of the great teams of the past, notably Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04, but City boss Guardiola is not interested.
Guardiola said: “These kind of records, these kind of situations – I know people like a lot the statistics and to compare one to another one with titles, and I am happy for the 11 wins in a row because we showed that we can win a lot of games in a row. But that’s all.
“To finish unbeatable, that is not going to happen because we are in a lot of games and a lot of competitions are so demanding, more than ever. To win (with) this kind (of record) sounds ridiculous.
“There will be a moment when we are going down. In that moment I am curious and I will test myself as a manager with the players and see how we are are going to react in that situation.”
Guardiola related his team’s situation to giants of the NBA basketball league.
“Even Golden State Warriors sometimes lose a game,” he said. “Everybody loses games and, in our case, that is going to happen.”
Guardiola is adamant, however, that he will not allow his players to become complacent.
“With me that is not going to happen,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said. “We are going to lose games, of course, but complacency, being (too) relaxed, is what we are not. That is not going to happen with me.”