Former Tottenham striker, Robbie Keane has given his prediction on who he thinks has the best chance of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
Arsenal lead the way in the Premier league for the majority of the 2022/23 campaign, however just fell short in the final few months of the season where Manchester City were in place to take advantage.
Pep Guardiola’s side pipped the Gunners to the title and ended up being crowned Premier League champions for the fifth time in the last six years. It’s going to take a lot for one club to knock Manchester City off the top next year, however Robbie Keane gives his prediction on who he thinks is most likely to give City the best challenge in the 2023/24 campaign.
Former Premier League striker Keane believes Manchester City will go down as ‘one of the best teams in history’ if they complete a historic treble on Saturday where they face Inter Milan in the Champions League final.
While Keane is full of praise for City and Guardiola, he anticipates a ‘closer’ title race next season, tipping Arsenal to challenge once again and Liverpool to mount a title charge following an underwhelming campaign in 2022/23.
Robbie Keane on next season: “It’s very difficult to say where Man City go from here, because if you win the treble, what players do you need? It depends on which players go out. If you get a couple of players that leave, I’m sure they’ll be looking to sign some players.”
“Next year, I don’t think it’s going to be a two-horse race with Arsenal. I think Liverpool will be back in the fold, I really believe that. With Mauricio Pochettino coming in, I think Chelsea could be good, but they might need a year or two.”
“I’m obviously hoping Tottenham will be too, if they get a few new signings, but that depends on if Harry Kane stays.”
“I think it will be a lot closer next year, in terms of teams challenging.”
On Manchester City, Keane added: “I’ve said it from the start about Man City, I really believed they were going to go on and do really good things because of the team that they have. They always peak at a certain time, and we’ve seen how well they’ve done over the last couple of months.”
“This Man City team, if they win the treble, will go down as one of the best that we’ve ever seen in Premier League history. That treble-winning Man United team was a really top, top team. It’s very hard to compare then and now, but if you look at the way that City play the game, how they want to dominate teams and really put on a show, it’s incredible to watch.”
“For me, Pep is one of the greatest managers that we’ve seen. What he did with Barcelona, it was incredible football to watch, probably the best team I’ve seen play. And now this Man City team is doing the exact same. He’ll go down as one of the greatest managers of all time.”