Pep Guardiola insists Premier League champions can get better

"He was in a really good shape, so we thought a few minutes tonight should be possible".

In fact, it was Manchester City's 2013/14 victory that was the last time the race for the title went down to the last day, which certain critics have pointed out has made a mockery of the Premier League claiming to be the most exciting domestic competition in the World.

Meanwhile their neighbours and reigning champions, Manchester City, have only acquired Riyad Mahrez and Pep Guardiola has already mentioned that a player to back up Fernandinho would be more than welcome.

Liverpool FC have brought in Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker as they prepare for the new season under German boss Klopp.

"It has been a long time since anyone won back-to-back titles but I think City will win the Premier League again because of Pep - he won't want their standards slipping", he said.

Whether they can do it across a 38-game season, however, is the big question.

The Red Devils raise the curtain on the campaign at home to Leicester on Friday night hoping to put a troubled pre-season dominated by manager Jose Mourinho's outbursts behind them.

After the worldwide break, attention turns to Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (Saturday, October 20th, 5.30pm) and Leicester City v West Ham United (Saturday, October 27th, 5.30pm).




"If we don't make our team better it will be a hard season for us".

The Liverpool captain only returned to training on Sunday, but Klopp did not rule him out of contention to feature against West Ham on the weekend.

They get the ball forward quickly, it'll work for the first five to six games, and they need to get off to a flyer, but it could catch up with them after that.

"Arsenal I think are going to be more consistent as a team", Guardiola added.

No side since United nine years ago have retained the title with Chelsea twice and Leicester failing to even make the top four in past three seasons.

Kompany says City's impressive win over Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday underlined the squad's hunger.

World Cup victor Paul Pogba is also unlikely to be fit for the game at Old Trafford.

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