Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

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

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

"Their style of football, the way they played and the fact they have done their business early in the summer and brought in some really good players is promising". When we come back we have four or five days to prepare for [the Community Shield] against Chelsea and we are going to see their faces. The target is win the next game.

Guardiola meanwhile signed a new contract in May which ties him to Manchester City until 2021 - the longest commitment he's ever made since becoming a manager in 2008.

"If Liverpool believes they should spend this kind of money, it is because they believe it is best for them". "I think it was the key piece of the puzzle for Liverpool, we've been talking about the goalkeeper for many years, I think Jurgen appreciates that as well".

"It's nice for the young players that we have", Guardiola said at his press conference.

"The day that this is football, I'm not in a job anymore", he said, "because the game is about playing together".

"That's the most important thing - to be consistent, and to arrive in April and May and be there for the title". "We've trained good. We've been working very hard".

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

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.

Silva, 23, reported back later last summer for pre-season due to the Confederations Cup and consequently took the first half of the campaign to get fully up to speed in the Premier League. If they believe it's the best for them, it's ideal for them.

Other eye-catching fixtures on the opening weekend include Newcastle v Tottenham, Liverpool v West Ham and, of course, Arsenal v Manchester City.

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