LONDON – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he expects this season's Premier League title race to be more open than last season's when his side pipped Liverpool to the line in a two-horse race after an epic tussle.
City beat Liverpool on penalties in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley - the traditional curtain-raiser to the season - after a high-tempo clash ended 1-1.
The two sides look likely to go toe-to-toe again when the season begin at Anfield on Friday with Liverpool' home clash against Norwich City before City open away to West Ham United a day later.
Last season City won the title with 98 points to Liverpool's 97 after Guardiola's side won their last 14 Premier League games. Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United completed the top six.
Guardiola played down suggestions a similar story would unfold.