Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan: There's a lot I can improve
MANCHESTER, England -- Ilkay Gundogan has warned Manchester City's title rivals that there is more to come despite their brilliant start to the season.
The Germany international made his Premier League debut in the 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, scoring the fourth as City made it eight wins out of eight this season.
City have produced some exquisite football in their flawless start to the season but Gundogan believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
"To get the goal was a nice start to the Premier League season for me. To get the win was even better. I'm really happy," the 25-year-old told reporters.
"It's not easy, it's really difficult. The opponents are very good, they make us work a lot to achieve these wins. Every single game has its own problem and we need to deal with them. For now we are doing a great job and we have to carry on like that.
"I think there is still potential to get better but every single game is a new one starting from zero. Players come in, players go out. There's not a lot that changes in the game and that's a good sign for the manager and the players and we're really happy to have this quality on the squad."
Gundogan has had to wait for his chance. He completed his recovery from a dislocated kneecap he suffered at previous club Borussia Dortmund in May. The midfielder sat out preseason and City's first six games of the campaign and said it was fascinating to be on the sidelines watching his new teammates get to grips with Pep Guardiola's tactics.
"It's not easy but I've had a few weeks of training, I watched games on the TV, watched from the stands. I tried to analyse the games for myself," he added. "That's made it easier to come in and play.
"A lot is also to do with the quality of the guys around me. There's a lot I can improve though. I want to become better over the next weeks until I'm 100 percent."
Gundogan was Guardiola's first signing when he took over at City and he says his new boss has already made a huge impact on the squad.
"It's really nice to work with him, to be honest. He's a very nice guy and he just tries to make us better and better," he said.
"He's focused on so many details, not just on the field also off the field. It's just fun to work with him and his staff. It's a big impact for us as players.
"We can just learn from him. He achieved so many things in his career until now. We can just be happy to be his player."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.