Pep Guardiola wants to establish Manchester City as the dominant English force and retaining the Premier League title is his top target. City stormed to their maiden league crown under Guardiola last season, becoming the first team in the top flight to break the 100-point barrier.
Guardiola, though, is used to sustained success, having won three league titles each at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and sees what his two former clubs and Juventus have achieved in the last decade in their domestic divisions as a yardstick for City.
The Spaniard said: “The first priority is the Premier League, that is the nicest one.
“When I see, for example, three teams like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus in 10 years they won seven leagues, they show me they are the best teams.
“We want to be consistent and solid in that competition.
“After in the knockout games we want to improve on our mistakes we had in the past in knockout games – to be more solid, avoiding mistakes and we’re going to try (to go for) it (in the Carabao Cup).”
City bounced back from their surprise defeat to Lyon in their Champions League opener last week by thrashing lowly Cardiff 5-0 on Saturday to move up to second in the table, two points behind early front-runners Liverpool.