Pep Guardiola is aiming for another record with Manchester City as he bids to guide the club to consecutive top-flight titles for the first time.
Guardiola is on course for his third campaign at the Etihad. He shockingly ended up trophyless in his first season but then won the Premier League trophy in record-breaking fashion.
And now he’s aiming to become the first gaffer to win back-to-back titles since Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
In fact, only five managers have successfully retained the top-flight crown since the hazy days of 1950.
We’ve had the Fergie as mentioned above, a fellow Sir in Matt Busby, Jose Mourinho, Bob Paisley and Stan Cullis – an exclusive band of bosses which perhaps surprisingly doesn’t include the likes of Bill Shankly, Arsene Wenger, Brian Clough, and Kenny Dalglish.
City enters the new campaign as bookmakers favourite to win the League title, while Guardiola will be gunning for his eighth League title as a manager, he’s won three at each of Barcelona and Bayern Munich – and the fourth gaffer to win the Premier League more than once since its inauguration in 1992/93.
“It will be tough but last season was tough,” said Guardiola ahead of the new season.
“Everybody speaks about Liverpool but there’s Manchester United and Chelsea, who I think will sign players. If they can keep Eden Hazard and then there’s Tottenham who have had the same manager for a while.
“Arsenal I think are going to be more consistent as a team. It will be tough like it has to be. It’s nice because every season the Premier League is tougher and tougher.”
However, the Spaniard is wary of the threat posed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who is aiming to end the jinx for the Reds and guide them to their first league title since 1989/90, which came under Dalglish.
Next in the running is Jose Mourinho who is aiming for Premier League trophy number four, although he cut an extremely frustrated figure after failing to bring in any new additions on Deadline Day.