Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels the standards the team, together with Liverpool, have set in the Premier League makes it even harder for any team to easily triumph.
The Spaniard now feels 100 points will become the norm for any team winning the league, following his success in the top flight the past two seasons when City lifted the title.
They (City) needed a total of 198 points to achieve the fete, with Liverpool, based on their form, on course to do the same.
“When we arrived here the standard was 85-90 points to win,” said Pep ahead of their match against Arsenal on Sunday.
“Now you have to reach almost 100 points to win the Premier League. We helped, with Liverpool, to make this step, with incredible, top players.
"Now it’s a level we again have to reach. Now all the teams that are behind Liverpool, we know we have to reach almost 100 points.
“I think maintaining 198 points (over two seasons) for three or four years is not easy… I knew it, I didn’t want to think too much at the beginning of the season, but I think we will be able to do it again.”
City seems to have dropped off the title race following their recent struggles and lie third on the standings with 32 points, 17 off league leaders Liverpool.
They play away to Arsenal on Sunday evening hoping to bounce back from their 2-1 loss against Manchester United last time out.
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