The Sky Blues were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday (30.07.22). but Guardiola praised his players for their efforts during the game and has no doubt that they will challenge to win the league again this season.
He said: “There is no reason not to be confident.
“No reason. What these guys have done, not just in the Premier League but the [domestic] cups and Europe [says it all]. I don’t know what will happen this season but I’m sure I know these guys. I have no doubts for one second.
He added: “We lost a final we would’ve preferred to win but respect to the opponent. We know the standards and how to reach these, maintaining them as always.
“We are closer [to being ready]. Days ago we played against Bayern and did a very good performance and against Liverpool we did very good things. I don’t feel that we are far away.
“But the end of the pitch [attack and defence] will dictate what happens against West Ham and Bournemouth. It will dictate our level. There are processes that will not be perfect, and that we will have to correct, and we will improve.”
City and Liverpool have dominated the Premier League in recent campaigns - with City pipping the Reds to the title by just one point last season - and Guardiola expects both sides to be strong once more.
The City coach said: “It’s happened in the past years and especially because of the games that both sides provoke. Both make actions in the counterattacks and I’m pretty sure it will continue. There are many, many teams in the Premier League that can reach this level – the consistency we’ve had in the previous seasons.”