Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes that six teams are fighting for the title

Pep Guardiola has warned his players not to simply wait for another procession for the title this season

Pep Guardiola has warned his players not to expect another procession of titles, as Manchester City will begin its attempt to become the first consecutive Premier League champions in a decade.

Guardiola, who successfully retained league titles at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, highlighted the virtues of the city's rivals, including Manchester United's José Mourinho, before the opening of the title defense this afternoon at the Arsenal.

"Here in England, there are many good teams," he said. Forget about how much Liverpool has spent, they were also a good team last season.

Pep Guardiola has warned his players not to simply wait for another procession for the title this season

Pep Guardiola has warned his players not to simply wait for another procession for the title this season

"There's Chelsea with Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante in the middle, and Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Morata up front, so you can not say they're not contenders.

Or Manchester United. People ask how he will do it, but I know a little about his manager and how good he will be with that.

"What we've done last season does not mean we're going to win this now."

The city was almost perfect the last time, winning the league with a record number of points (100), goals (106) and margin of points (19).

Instead of asking his players to remove that glory from their minds, as Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson could have done to start over, Guardiola is demanding that they remember what made them such brilliant winners.

"People say we have to forget what we did last season, no way, I do not want to forget I know exactly what we did to achieve that, and that's where we started from, that's the basic principle," he urged.

& # 39; The important thing is to be ourselves. Look at how much Kevin (de Bruyne) or (David) Silva ran last season. I love him.

Guardiola has delineated the strengths of his various opponents before his first match

Guardiola has delineated the strengths of his various opponents before his first match

Guardiola has delineated the strengths of his various opponents before his first match

"I work a lot, I'm good at that, I've said many times that I'm not a special guy, but I'm very good at working, working, working and also have to work."

Guardiola held some one-on-one meetings with his players after the World Cup to check that they were ready to go again. Some like Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones had excellent tournaments, but others like Gabriel Jesus had problems.

"We talked to some of them about what it was like," Guardiola revealed. "But football players today forget the good times and forget the bad times." They like and want to play and they know that in our club they have to show me the good things every day.

& # 39; Any bad time in the World Cup, starts again. Vacation, start again. Be good at the costumes and our games, and that's it.

The city impressed in the 2-0 Community Shield win last weekend against Chelsea and could again welcome Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from that group after they were granted extra time after Russia.

The most difficult selection can be at the center of defense, where captain Vincent Kompany and Stones face the competition of Nicolas Otamendi and £ 54 million Aymeric Laporte.

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has been chosen to press the City for the title this season

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has been chosen to press the City for the title this season

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has been chosen to press the City for the title this season

Guardiola admits that he is not part of the job he likes. It hurts when you can not let some play. It hurts a lot. They do not know, one day one of them will be a manager and will realize what we feel, "he said.

"It's not comfortable, but if you want to compete in four competitions, we can not compete with only two good central defenders." We need four at the top level. They have to compete with each other and accept my rules. Do not play today, but tomorrow you will play and you must be ready. "

Eventually, Stones could be deployed as a holding midfielder with City losing to Chelsea in the race for Jorginho.

Riyad Mahrez is the only big addition to the city team this summer, while Arsenal have a number of new signings for their new manager, Unai Emery.

Despite that, the city is a firm favorite to retain its title.

"We can do our job, yes, but perhaps Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better and win," reflects Guardiola.

"We were the best last season, definitely, there's no doubt about it

(function() {
var _fbq = window._fbq || (window._fbq = []);
if (!_fbq.loaded) {
var fbds = document.createElement(‘script’);
fbds.async = true;
fbds.src = “http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbds.js”;
var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0];
s.parentNode.insertBefore(fbds, s);
_fbq.loaded = true;
}
_fbq.push([‘addPixelId’, ‘1401367413466420’]);
})();
window._fbq = window._fbq || [];
window._fbq.push([“track”, “PixelInitialized”, {}]);
.