Former Manchester City player Micah Richards has stated that his former club and Liverpool will be fighting for the Premier League title tooth and nail once again this season. The Citizens won the title last season with a point difference.
Richards, who currently plays an ambassadorial role at the Etihad, relinquishes the battle for supremacy between the two giants.
“I think it is going to be tight again. Liverpool have got a really good team but I think where Man City have the edge is just their squad is so good. They have lost two key players in (Aymeric) Laporte and (Leroy) Sane, John Stones coming back from injury as well, which is difficult. But, I really do believe that City are the team to beat. There seems to be a fear factor with City now. Teams don’t even want to play them so, I think that’s going to play a major part in what they are trying to do,” he said.
“In football, you never can say never. Look at when Leicester (City) won the League a few years ago. But I just feel that Liverpool and Man City are pushing each other so much now that it will be very difficult for anyone to break that at the moment.”
“Last season, we were unlucky, we went out on goal difference. We were a bit devastated and the fans in the stands were gutted but I do think it is coming. Every season, we seem to be getting a step closer. If we don’t have any more injuries, I think we have a good real chance of winning it this season,” Richards added.
Richards was also quick to label Guardiola as the best coach when asked about who the best gaffer was.
“He has brought a beautiful style of football in England. A lot of people questioned him at the start thinking that he couldn’t do it. And I know the first season was difficult but the second and third were amazing, record points, all that sort of thing. For me, he’s the best manager in the world. And Pep just wants to win that Champions League now to show everyone this is why he’s the best manager in the world,” he said.