Pep Guardiola believes the difference in quality between Manchester City and Liverpool is just one inch.
Talking to BT Sport after City’s win over the Reds’ on penalties in the Community Shield to win the first silverware of the season, the Spaniard was keen to note that Liverpool will be close contenders in every competition they play in this season.
Guardiola said: “We scored one more penalty than them, like last season, we made one more point than them, so at that level the distance is just one inch, that is the level sometimes, so congratulations to the guys.”
Liverpool aren’t the only side that Guardiola thinks will challenge his side for silverware this season though, the 48-year-old added: “If we take what happened last season it will be close between Manchester City and Liverpool, but I would say that there are many sides that could challenge. United will be back and Arsenal as well, they both have good players, Tottenham as always, we saw that in pre-season, and Chelsea as well.”
The City manager was pleased with his side’s win, with a number of players lacking match fitness after busy summers with the international teams. Guardiola thinks that game will help his side ahead of their season opener.
The Spaniard explained: “We had real good moments, but in the last 15 minutes we were exhausted, but it was a good test for both teams. It is nice for the players to realise what they will face for the rest of the season.”
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