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Gary Neville: Manchester City have got to keep Guardiola at the Etihad

Gary Neville: Manchester City have got to keep Guardiola at the Etihad

Despite not being able to amass 100 points this time round, you cannot help but feel Pep Guardiola would have felt more satisfied with this season’s title win over the last one.

This campaign, in Liverpool, Manchester City finally had some serious competition, who simply would not let up once the Citizens took the lead in the title race.

Being able to overcome that challenge, especially after being nine points behind at one stage, may have brought Guardiola the sort of delight he has not felt in any title triumph before.

And following that latest one, Gary Neville is tipping more to follow should the Premier League champions be able to keep hold of the Spaniard.

“Winning back-to-back titles is about mentality, and he’s [Guardiola] instilled that into that dressing room,” the former Manchester United defender told Sky Sports.

“He’s powerful, strong, and makes his players feel unbeatable. What a coach. How do they keep him for the next five or 10 years?

“They’ve got to keep him in Manchester. Whilst he’s there, it will be difficult for other clubs to get near them.”

With the squad they have, you would expect Liverpool to run Manchester City close again.

But as Neville has pointed out, as long as Guardiola remains in the Etihad dugout, teams will find it hard to overtake the Citizens.

Looking at the core the ex-Barcelona boss and Txiki Begiristain have created, this Manchester City team looks like it could dominate the Premier League for years to come.

The likes of Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva, who are both only 24, are already world-class players.

Factor in the possible additions of Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix in the summer (Sky Sports), and this Manchester City side could become an even more scarier outfit.

For Liverpool and co, as far as their title aspirations go, it is worrying times.

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