The 2019-20 Premier League campaign will be more competitive than the last, according to Pep Guardiola.
It was just Liverpool that rivaled City until the last day of the 2018-19 season as Guardiola's Citizens clinched back-to-back league titles, and no other side mounted a challenge.
However, the City manager doesn't expect another two-horse race this time around.
"I believe it will be different," Guardiola told Sky Sports News. "Every team has made a step forward.
"Liverpool and Manchester City showed they can do it, the others have to try."
"The standards ourselves and Liverpool set last season, the other contenders have to achieve that, to take on the challenge to win the Premier League.
"Liverpool and Manchester City showed they can do it, the others have to try. But the quality of the other three, four, five teams, of course they can do it.
"Will they be closer? I think so."
The former Barcelona coach said winning the league is their main priority this season, adding 'when you are going well in the Premier League, you are going well in other competitions'.
"Every game here in England is so demanding."
"I have said it many times, it means every weekend, 38 fixtures. Every game here in England is so demanding, that's why it's nice [to win the league]," he said.
"When you are going well in the Premier League, you are going well in other competitions. You are in good shape.
"It is difficult to win something when you have a lot of ups and downs. That's why it's the nicest one."