Pep Guardiola’s magnificent Manchester City side rounded off their superb season today by becoming the first side ever to reach 100 Premier League points after they beat Southampton 1-0 this weekend.
The Cityzens had to wait until late to achieve victory at St.Marys with Gabriel Jesus striking with almost the last kick of the game.
However, Guardiola has admitted that he does not expect his side to have things quite as easy next season and he also revealed that he thinks Liverpool’s January signing of centre-back Virgil Van Dijk means Jurgen Klopp’s side are well placed to launch a title assault next season.
“This season they were a big contender and they will be again next season.
“I will not say just Liverpool, but it’s true – Liverpool, (because of) the way they play and the quality of their players, not just up front.
“I think (Virgil) van Dijk has helped them a lot to be more consistent in the defensive department, especially in the box, and (there is) the quality up front and the quality in the way they play.
“Jurgen is a top manager, creating not just an offensive style and not just thinking about the spectators. He’s always positive, going there and creating good environments in the clubs.
“OK, we are 25 points in front so it’s difficult to say he was difficult (to play against) in the end – but he was because they beat us. Next season will be the same, like (Manchester) United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham.”