Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the duo of Liverpool and Newcastle United are capable of frustrating the Citizens’ third straight Premier League title bid this season.
City are well placed to become only the fifth English club – after Arsenal, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Manchester United – to achieve the feat.
However, Guardiola said he is taking nothing for granted.
“Newcastle have a good manager and top-class players,” said Guardiola. “I imagine they are going to stay there for a long time.
“They have physicality in the middle, box-to-box transitions and their intensity without the ball is impressive.
“Also, they are not playing in Europe, which is a big advantage because when you arrive in the last months you have energy.”
“They have the same manager and squad who were able to win 18 matches in a row. Why are they not able to do it again?” said Guardiola.
“This is my feeling. Nobody knows what is going to happen after the World Cup, there’s the transfer window and players coming back.”
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