Pep Guardiola has his say on whether Spurs will challenge City for the title

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Dom Le Roy

Manchester City scooped their first trophy of the season yesterday after beating Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield following the 1-1 draw.

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to close the gap on Pep Guardiola’s side in the top flight after finishing last season a massive 27 points behind the champions.

Spurs smashed their club record transfer fee with the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele, who Ciy will know well following his impressive display for Lyon last season in the Champions League group stage match at the Etihad. 

City boss Pep Guardiola believes that Tottenham will once again be a threat to their title aspirations along with Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered a double defeat to City in the league last season when they lost 1-0 at Wembley in October and an identical scoreline in the return match in April.

Guardiola was quoted by the Irish Times as saying: “People say we are going to win [the title] again but I don’t care,”

“I don’t know if it will be like last season with only two challengers, I think there will be many more. There are five or six teams who are contenders, then after the competition will talk. For United, it doesn’t matter what has happened in the last four or five years, they always start as contenders. They will go higher with the players they have bought. And Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham [will also challenge].”

Opinion

If Spurs want to try and close the gap on City and Liverpool this season they certainly need to be picking up points against the top six and if they once again lose a staggering 13 Premier League matches we could possibly miss out on a top four finish, never mind a push for the title.

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