Guardiola says repeat of record-breaking season 'impossible'

Broadcast pundit and retired English footballer Steve Mc Manaman stands pitchside before the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield

When you take over a club, you can not in all probability expect to land the league in your first go - more so in a fiercely contested league like the one in England.

"It's a big club, the football they play is unbelievable, with a big manager".

"Maybe one will come, maybe not, we'll see, but at the moment we have a good enough squad".

The 18-year-old is now in the United States with Pep Guardiola and the rest of the Blues squad as they prepare for the new season - and he started the first game of the summer against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago at the weekend. "The level is here, now we try to take the level, every team tries to do better and better". That is the point.

"His target is to play as many minutes with us, and the national team is a effect of that", he said.

The Spaniard knows, however, that nothing is certain. But Liverpool's three victories over City since the turn of the year - including home and away in the Champions League - suggests they are ready to run the champions much closer this season.

BT Sport commentators Steve McManaman Harry Redknapp Paul Scholes and Jake Humphrey talk prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White

While the predictable use of Oasis is slightly nauseating, and it's hardly an underdog story we are witnessing, the documentary still looks like it will be worth a watch. Guardiola insisted he had no issue with Liverpool's spending, despite past comments from Klopp on other clubs' expenditure, but believes all title contenders have to raise their game as a result of his side's stunning title success last season.

Today's opponents, Liverpool, have splashed out £250 million (RM1.33 billion) since January in a bid to build a team capable of challenging for the title.

Guardiola has strengthened his squad for 2018-19 with the addition of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, and Villa believes the defending champions are favourites to retain their crown.

History is against him, however, as no Premier League team has successfully defended the title since United in 2009 and Guardiola concedes past achievements will count for nothing if results go awry.

"I'm not concerned about what one of us said one day, the circumstances change". Liverpool believe they need these players and spend this money so I'm not judging what they're doing.

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