Pep Guardiola is convinced that it will not be just Liverpool that will challenge his dominant Manchester City next season.
City completed a historic domestic treble last season with only Tottenham thwarting them in the Champions League and denying them in their quest for an unprecedented quadruple.
But Guardiola is not expecting it to be just between his side and Liverpool when the Premier League season kicks off in August and sees Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Spurs as direct challengers also.
“We have an amazing rivalry, but not only with them [Liverpool], there are five other strong teams and that’s why the Premier League is so tough,” he said.
“Next season we will start from scratch and we’ll see what happens.”
Guardiola is being a bit generous there, Tottenham and Man Utd will be spending heavily in the summer but Arsenal will not and Chelsea have a transfer ban to contend with and it is difficult seeing any of those four being able to mount a serious title challenge, they are simply too far behind right now.
Tottenham may be thereabouts if they can strengthen sufficiently but the gap between them and the top two is really quite huge, United need major surgery and Chelsea and Arsenal just will not be able to spend enough money on quality players to be taken seriously as potential champions.
It really does look like being a two-horse race once again next season.
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