Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has cast his discerning eye over the early-season performances of his Premier League adversaries.
They faced fierce competition until the conclusion of last season, with Arsenal maintaining their lead for most of the year, only to be overtaken in the final stages. After achieving the remarkable feat of winning the treble, which included securing the Champions League and FA Cup, the desire for additional trophies remains insatiable.
City stands alone with a flawless record in the Premier League, triumphing in all five of their inaugural fixtures. However, a queue of contenders assembles, primed to dethrone them following a summer of strategic squad enhancements.
Foremost among these contenders is Arsenal, who came agonizingly close last season and bolstered their ranks with a £200 million summer spending spree. Liverpool, too, strides into the fray, boasting a remodeled midfield and an impressive 13 points out of a possible 15.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Chelsea harbor title aspirations, though their initial results have left much to be desired. With a modest six and five points, respectively, they harbor hopes of accumulating more in the impending weeks.
Amidst this backdrop, Guardiola offers his perspective on these formidable teams, acknowledging Arsenal’s exceptional form and Liverpool’s unwavering mentality.
“You know how strong Arsenal is. Yesterday I saw them against [Everton at] Goodison Park, they are exceptional and Liverpool again and mentalities continue there.”
When questioned about Manchester United, Pep Guardiola can’t help but chuckle, remarking, “[Laughs]. Well, they haven’t quite hit their stride yet. They haven’t begun as they might have hoped, similar to Chelsea. Nevertheless, both Manchester United and Chelsea have the potential to find their rhythm sooner or later. For us, securing five wins out of five after our treble victory is truly exceptional.”
With the season still in its infancy, the rollercoaster of the Premier League promises more twists and turns before the curtain falls in May, ultimately revealing the new champion.