Man City trophy bid could hinge on Pep Guardiola hunt for Blue October

Should Guardiola be asked regarding next months fixtures, the Spaniard would be sure to answer how he and his men are focused on nothing but the next game, though City&aposs 2017-18 Amazon Prime documentary All or Nothing showed, Guardiola does look ahead to future games rapidly as he stressed about the quality of Liverpools front three in the Goodison Park dressing room.

City kick off October with a trip to Germany to face RB Leipzig, with Arsenal, Brighton, Swiss side Young Boys and cross-town rivals Manchester United also on the agenda.

With Mikel Artetas Arsenal gunning to end their 20-year Premier League title-winning drought and having come so close last season, Guardiolas former assistant will be aiming to put a dent into Citys title charge too as they aim to win their fourth Premier League in as many years.

Roberto De Zerbis Brighton will also prove to be a tough task, with the Seagulls having won four of their five opening games this season, netting 15 times, as Erik ten Hag and United were the latest to be tactically outwitted by the Italian boss last Saturday at Old Trafford.

Brighton are set to start their European debut campaign on Thursday as they host AEK Athens in the Europa League, and theyll be aiming to go a step further come May, with Champions League football the aspiration at the Amex.

City were beaten by United at the Theatre of Dreams last season in dramatic fashion when Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford goals allowed Arsenal to extend their lead at the top of the table, and Guardiola will be wary of not allowing the same scenario to play out this season.

The English and European champions title defence starts on Tuesday against Red Star at the Etihad, and theyll be aiming to come out with a win in order to ease the pressure ahead of Citys trip to Leipzig and Bern next month.

City are no strangers to going unbeaten for large spells throughout the season as seen in recent years, but with competition in the league stronger this time out, they wont want to find themselves in the position they were in last campaign at Christmas.

Coming out unscathed without defeat in October would also come as no surprise to anyone, as Guardiola has shown how his motivation and shrewd tactical setups can be too much for almost any manager in world football.