‘Will be Back Stronger’: Pep Guardiola After Retaining PL Title
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his side's rivals that the English champions will only get stronger after holding off Liverpool to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.
Indeed, Liverpool's points tally is the third highest in Premier League history, behind only City this season and when they racked up 100 points in storming to the title for the first time under Guardiola last year.
City could become the first side to ever win a domestic treble in England should they beat Watford in the FA Cup final next weekend.
But Guardiola is already looking ahead to next season and strengthening his squad to repeat the feats he achieved in winning three titles in a row at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
"Winning is so addictive and of course in a few days we have the FA Cup," said Guardiola, who has now won eight league titles in 10 seasons as a coach.
"I think (Manchester) United must come back, Chelsea one more year with (Maurizio) Sarri will be better, Tottenham we have seen (get to the) final of the Champions League and Arsenal, when they make what they have to do, will be there as well,” Guardiola said.
"We know it, but we accept the challenge and I promise you we will come back and I have the feeling we will be stronger next season."
Meanwhile, an embarrassing 2-0 home defeat by already-relegated Cardiff saw Manchester United end the campaign as close to the relegation zone as the top of the table.
And Guardiola used England's traditionally two most successful clubs as an example to City's players, fans and owners not to take their current success for granted.
"Now when you win the title you realise how difficult it is just to win one title," he added.
"Liverpool in the last four years didn't win one. Man Utd and Liverpool are the biggest clubs in England,” he said.
"That's why I want the fans, the organisation, to enjoy that moment because it's so complicated," he said.