What Pep Guardiola has said about Chelsea ahead of the start of the season

Pep Guardiola who has been in charge of Manchester City since 2016 having produced two Premier League trophies since then believes his side will face tough competition from their main rivals including Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

Manchester City's manager, Pep Guardiola, has been in charge since 2013

Manchester City become the first side to accumulate 100 points in a single Premier League 38-game campaign in 2017/18, before defending their crown last season by pipping Liverpool to the title by one point, winning with 98 points.

Pep Guardiola spake to BT Sport after seeing his side win the Community Shield on penalties against Liverpool, having said he felt it may not just be a battle between the two rivals in 2019/20.

“If we take what happened last season, that is true,” he said, when asked if he felt City and Liverpool would be the top two again.

“I would say that there are many, [Manchester] United will be back, Arsenal have bought good players, Tottenham as always have had a good pre-season and Chelsea of course are always there. I don't know what is going to happen, I will just try to prepare the team and try to win, and we will see what happens.”

The 2019/20 Premier League campaign kick starts Friday the 9th of August, as Liverpool welcome newly promoted team Norwich City.

Chelsea's opener is against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, the 11th.

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