David Villa: 'Manchester City can retain Premier League title'

How Guardiola motivates his players: If you have to hate me, hate me

Leroy Sane is savoring the chance to play along with Riyad Mahrez following the move by the Algeria global from Leicester City to Manchester City.

Spurs finished 3 last season and Mauricio Pochettino's men will be looking to compete against the two big Manchester clubs for the English Premier League title.

City's dominance in England last season was underscored by a slew of records that were set as they romped to their first league title of the Guardiola era.

United were contenders last season but they could not stop City romping to the championship with record tallies in terms of points (100) and goals scored (106).

"We are not going to break any more records in the Premier League, it is impossible it is nearly impossible", Guardiola said Tuesday ahead of his team's International Champions Cup friendly with Liverpool in New Jersey today.

"It's a big club, the football they play is awesome, with a big manager".

"It has been a hard week with a long flight, jet lag, but at the end of the week I can say we have worked well, and we have played a good match for 60 minutes".

Guardiola also spoke about his recent three-year contract extension with City for the first time, and whilst pleased to tie himself to the club until 2021, he understands he has to continue to deliver a challenge for trophies.

The Spaniard knows, however, that nothing is certain.

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According to the club's Twitter account, Sarri and his team immediately boarded a flight back to London after the game, and the Italian is keen to start working with his players at their training ground in Cobham. That helps the team and that's the most important thing.

"Football trainers, always we are in a unsafe position".

History is against him, however, as no Premier League team has successfully defended the title since United in 2009 and Guardiola concedes past achievements will count for nothing if results go awry.

"They are certainly the favourites to lift the Premier League this season".

He added: "Manchester City were so dominant so you wonder whether they can carry on going".

"They are favourites to win the Premier League and arguably now looking across Europe some of the big teams are anxious".

"The day that this is football, I'm not in a job anymore", he said, "because the game is about playing together". If Liverpool believe they need these players for this kind of money, that's fine. If they believe it's the best for them, it's ideal for them.

"All the contenders, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham will be stronger".

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