Pep Guardiola made an interesting comparison between the Premier League Championship and the Big Threes - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - dominance. Guardiola recalled the 2009-10 season when with his team, the FC Barcelona, he won the title-holding 99 points, just three more than Real Madrid that was led by Manuel Pellegrini.
'I remember perfectly that season, how tough it was. Madrid with Manuel played incredibly good', said Guardiola. 'It was so nice because we did those 99 points when the year before we won the treble with Barcelona.
To maintain that level… we did 99 points with someone else pushing us. We knew that if we dropped points Madrid were going to win the title. It's similar to Nadal, Federer and Djokovic, no? They push one to be better than the other one because they know.
We need it in sport, as athletes. They [the City players] know. I didn't tell them, but they know how strong Liverpool is. They know that we can't drop points because if we do Liverpool are going to win the league. I can say Liverpool or Chelsea and Tottenham are the same in this moment. Arsenal as well. To compete we need good opponents close and this season we have it, here and in Europe." '