In Summary
  • Pep Guardiola's side swept to the title last term with a record 100 points, amassing more wins and scoring more goals than any previous champion in the Premier League era.
  • Inspired by Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva, City's eye-catching style earned comparisons with the finest teams in English football history.

LONDON

Vincent Kompany has warned Manchester City's rivals that the Premier League champions won't rest on their laurels as they aim to follow their record-breaking season with another title triumph.

Pep Guardiola's side swept to the title last term with a record 100 points, amassing more wins and scoring more goals than any previous champion in the Premier League era.

Inspired by Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva, City's eye-catching style earned comparisons with the finest teams in English football history.

But no team has successfully defended the Premier League title since Manchester United in 2008 and 2009, while City were unable to maintain the standards of their 2012 and 2014 title wins in the campaigns that followed.

City captain Kompany admits his team lacked urgency and desire in those failed title defences under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, but the Belgian has sensed a far more focused approach from Guardiola's group.

"Before saying anything or doing anything, you want to observe and see if you see the same mistakes which we've done previously," Kompany said.

"I've got to be honest, there was a feeling when we've won the league previously, you came back in to the training sessions and everybody was a little bit less intense, a little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed.

"Teams that actually wanted it more could hurt us. I came in to training this time and it's completely different."

With Guardiola saying he is still "starving" for more success, there appears to be little chance of a City letdown.

They have already made a positive impression ahead of the new campaign by winning the Community Shield with an emphatic 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

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