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Guardiola: “Level of the league is rising all the time”

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The reigning Premier League champions, Guardiola’s Manchester City, are struggling at the beginning of the 2019/20 as they already conceded two losses.

The title race looks to be even harder than the historic last season where City had 98 compared to Liverpool’s 97 points.

The Reds started out strongly this season – eight wins from eight matches for an undisputed top of the Premier League.

However, the current champions bounced back in a win against Everton in the last fixture.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Rodrigo, John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City defend a free kick during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Guardiola talked about the title challenge in a press conference ahead of City’s match against Crystal Palac.

According to FourFourTwo, Guardiola said:

“I don’t believe in that kind of thing, every season is different..

“In sport the only way to do well is to stay in the present.

“I am not setting any points targets or objectives at this stage. In April and May you can do that but what we are facing is an opponent who are unstoppable right now.

“Liverpool are champions of Europe and haven’t lost once in eight games.

“We will just have to try and do what we can, we have 50 games left in all competitions.

“I am not concerned about being the guy who thinks he’s going to win every Premier League for the rest of his life.”

Guardiola also addressed other emerging candidates in Chelsea and Arsenal, continuing:

“Of course I still want to win, and I still believe we are contenders, but there is a long way to go and all sorts of dynamics, momentums and injuries still to happen.

“If we don’t win I will say congratulations to the team that does. What Liverpool are doing is fantastic but Chelsea and Arsenal are also getting better. The level is rising all the time.”