Guardiola Reveals Whether Chelsea Can Fight For Premier League Title Next Season

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Manchester City and Liverpool were involved in a two-horse race that lasted until the last day of the season.

City ended up winning the Premier League last season on the last day of the campaign, finishing just a point ahead of Liverpool.

City and Liverpool were way ahead of the chasing pack, and Chelsea was the closest in third place, 26 points behind City.

City have started the season with another title as they defeated Liverpool to win the Community Shield, and City boss Pep Guardiola is expecting a tougher title challenge than last season.

Guardiola admitted that even Chelsea are a contender for the title, despite the transfer ban and Frank Lampard in his first season in charge of the club.

Speaking after Manchester City’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool, Guardiola said: “I don’t know if it’ll be like last season with two real contenders to win the Premier League.

“I think United, with [Harry] Maguire, and the others have bought – Arsenal as well and Chelsea and Tottenham. So I think there will be many contenders this time.’

He added: “Manchester United will be back, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea… I don’t know what will happen.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes the Blues can challenge for the title this season despite the club’s inability to sign players this summer.

“The only way I know to change that gap is through absolute hard work and focus,’ said Lampard.

“Those basics don’t change, and with the transfer ban there is even more clarity because we can’t bring in players.

“Every day I read City are buying and Manchester United are going to buy. All these teams are going to do business and that’s going to strengthen them.

“So we have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here. And I think about the players not here like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, and I think we have a competitive squad. I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players.

“There can be an uplift. That’s not me saying I’m going to make the difference.

“It will be the players who make the difference.

“So there’s the challenge. Now, can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask. But we have to set out with that mind-set.”

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