Kevin De Bruyne has admitted that Man City may have been figured out by Premier League teams who have improved on last season.
Manchester City won the Premier League with a record haul of 100 points, the first time a side has broken the century mark in the top flight, losing just two games in the entirety of the last campaign.
The champions have already lost twice that number in the league this season in their attempts to retain the title, and De Bruyne believes that their opponents have possibly closed the gap a bit in the meantime.
“In the league we lost a few more games than we did last year but we are still fighting on all fronts,’’ De Bruyne told Sky Sports.
“I think other teams figure out what we do, maybe, a little bit better. They maybe also have better squads. We just added one player, the rest is the same team.
“The way we play is always going to be the same with Pep, we’re not going to change. Everybody knows that.
“But in the end I don’t think there is a lot of difference. We’ve a lot of points in the league and I think the standard we are setting is still very high.
“Maybe it’s not the same as last year but maybe we’ll win more titles this year. The most important thing is titles. If we win three titles we will have done better than last year.”
Man City could well do that if they maintain their lead over Liverpool in the table, with whom share they top spot on points, but possess a greater goal differential.