Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has sent a warning to Premier League rivals ahead of their opener against Arsenal at the Emirate Stadium on Sunday.
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their title defence against Arsenal at the Emirate and the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is of the opinion that “People say now we have to forget what we did last season. No way!
“I don't want to forget what we have done. I know exactly what we did to achieve that, and that is where we start from.
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“Now, when I say something to the players, they know exactly what we have to do. Maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better — but if we do our job, we will be there.
“We were the best last season, no doubt about it. This season we don't know. The important thing is to be ourselves.
“It's not about winning back-to-back, it's to be ourselves."
And he does not think the threat lies at Anfield alone.
He admitted: “Even sometimes after being perfect, the others can be better.
“Forget how much Liverpool have spent. They may have spent a lot, but last season they were a good team as well.
“There is Chelsea with Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante in the middle, and Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Morata up front, so you can't say they are not contenders or Manchester United. Arsenal is contenders too.
“Of course we will have bad moments, but at a club where you win titles, winning another one helps for the future."