Guardiola expects City to face tougher title challenge

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes that his club will face a tougher challenge for the Premier League title this season. City had a memorable campaign last season where they won the Premier League with a record 100 points.

However, Guardiola thinks that the club won’t have it easy this season. Guardiola said, “We were the best, definitely, no doubts about that, but we don’t play alone. We can do our job but the others can do their job too. We can do our job the same as last season but maybe Liverpool or United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham can do much better and they win.

We can be excellent but the others can be excellent too. We cannot deny the other contenders. There was a gap last season but this season I don’t know.”

The Spaniard added, “People say we now have to forget what we did last season. No way. I don’t want to forget that. I know exactly what we did to achieve that and we start from there. The principles are there. Now when I say something they know exactly what I want to do. Because of what we did last season now we are going to win? Nobody can assure me of that. We start again. That is why it is fascinating, it is a new challenge. But winning helps to win more. During the season we will have really bad moments – it is impossible to have the perfect season all the time – but when you win one title you can win another one. It helps for the future to know that.”

The reigning champions begin their Premier League campaign against Arsenal and believes that under new coach Unai Emery, the club will be a tough challenger. About Emery, the former Barca coach said, “No advice [from me] – I think he has enough experience to know exactly [what to do]. He is so intelligent. I have a lot of respect for this career – starting at the bottom and winning titles. He always makes his teams difficult. Now he is at Arsenal, one of the best teams in England, and he is a contender to win titles.”

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