The Premier League title will be “difficult” to win for Manchester City next season, according to Dimitar Berbatov, who anticipates competition from Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea.
Under Pep Guardiola, Man City won their third straight league title despite stiff competition from Arsenal in the previous campaign.
The success of Manchester City did not end there; the team also won the FA Cup and the Champions League, capping off an incredible and uncommon treble.
The fact that Liverpool and Chelsea had underwhelming seasons helped City’s domestic success, but Berbatov thinks both teams will improve and contend for the title next season.
Also expected to challenge Manchester City for a fourth consecutive Premier League title are Berbatov’s former team Manchester United and runners-up Arsenal.
When asked if he thinks Manchester United will compete with Manchester City in the coming season, Berbatov responded to Betfred: “They need to be because Erik ten Hag is now fully informed about everything that’s going on at the club and his debut season is now over.”
“The Premier League title should be Erik’s expectation, the club’s expectation, and the expectation of the supporters.
“Given what Manchester City have accomplished this year, it will undoubtedly be difficult, but Manchester United’s motivation should be to end their domination.
“I think that Manchester City’s upcoming season will be challenging because they will face competition from teams like Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal in addition to Manchester United.
“I’m aware that Chelsea had a challenging season, but Mauricio Pochettino will make them stronger next season.
“It will be fascinating to see which team poses Manchester City with the greatest challenge.”
Last season, Arsenal came very close to winning the league title for the first time since 2004, but a poor finish saw them fall five points short of Man City.
In Ten Hag’s first season at Old Trafford, Manchester United finished third and won the League Cup, indicating that the Red Devils are finally on the road to recovery.
Liverpool missed the Champions League for just the second time since Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield, despite a strong finish to the season.
Chelsea, on the other hand, had a terrible season under three different managers, finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, much closer to the relegation zone than the top four.