Manchester City midfielder Rodri has spoken of the threat from Liverpool and Spurs.
Despite Manchester City’s reign over English football in recent years, it is clear that the Premier League remains the most competitive division in the world.
Last season, City’s title race with Liverpool went down to the very last day, with a heroic comeback needed against Aston Villa for the team to defend their league crown by a mere point.
With the successful addition of Erling Haaland notably making the Sky Blues title favourites, the Premier League champions are set to be pushed to the brink once again.
As always, Jurgen Klopp’s men pose a major threat, despite starting the 2022/23 campaign in surprisingly poor fashion.
The Reds have won just twice this season and have already dropped points four times.
With ex-Manchester City stars Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to cap off the affairs of a great summer for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta’s men also have an outward cry of becoming champions of England, as evidenced by their excellent start so far.
Another threat to City could be Tottenham Hotspur, who have arguably the best front three in the country in Harry Kane, Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min, with the brilliant Antonio Conte in charge.
Although Pep Guardiola’s side are just one point behind league leaders Arsenal and ready to unlock new levels over time, Rodri hinted that he was particularly aware of the dangerousness of Liverpool and the Spurs this season.
“Partly only. The Premier League level is so high that as soon as you slow down you lose points,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport of the team’s poor start, translated and relayed by Sport Witness.
The Spaniard added: “Liverpool are not in crisis, they are just less efficient and the Premier League does not allow you to relax.”
In his fourth season at the Etihad Stadium, the former Atletico Madrid midfielder is apparently well aware of Liverpool’s status as the top dog in English football, alongside Manchester City.
The 26-year-old has also been extremely complimentary about Tottenham Hotspur, admitting he sees them as title rivals.
“They have built a great team and they have a manager who has very clear ideas and knows how to convey them perfectly.
“They know what they have to do and they do it with great precision. I see Spurs as title contenders. Conte’s career speaks for itself.”
From City’s perspective, it’s a green flag that leaders such as Rodri are all but unaware of the threat the club’s title rivals could be in their bid to complete a historic domestic treble.
Manchester City were due to host Spurs at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month, while the Blues travel to Anfield in October to take on Liverpool.
Guardiola’s side will face Manchester United immediately after the international break, with Erik Ten Hag’s side having won their last four league matches.