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Manchester City won the previous season of the Premier League on the final day in an absolutely dramatic fashion. They pipped Liverpool by just one point.

Pep Guardiola. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Manchester City have won four titles in the last five years
  • Erling Haaland was the statement signing for City this season
  • Gabiel Jesus, Zinchenko and Raheem Sterling left the club this season

Having won the Premier League, four times in the last five years, Pep Guardiola has said that the league gets a little bit harder every season.

Manchester City won the league by just a single point on the final day of the league, where they came back from behind against Aston Villa to win the game by 3-2.

Pep Guardiola said the fine margins that have decided the Premier League title race in recent years means it is crucial that Manchester City hit the ground running when their campaign begins on Sunday.

“I have the feeling every time we start the press conference that this season is harder,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday ahead of their season-opener at West Ham United. “I think next season cannot be harder but it is.

“Every club is getting better, the managers are so exciting and that is why the Premier League is the best.

“(This year) there are two seasons, one before the World Cup, you can’t win it before but you can lose it … We won two Premier Leagues by one point, we know we can win 12-14 games in a row. Liverpool as well. You have to start well.”

Bernardo Silva has been linked with a move away from City and though Guardiola said he wants the Portuguese midfielder to remain at the club.

“I would love for Bernardo to continue here, he’s a very special player in the locker room,” he said. “What happens will happen, if he stays it is perfect, if he has to leave it’s because football is like this.”

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