Manchester City got off to a flying start to the new season with a 2-0 win away at Arsenal.
Afterwards, Pep Guardiola said: "We have to improve some movements but in general, in the moment we are, the desire to run, away at Arsenal - nobody can deny it’s complicated," Pep explained in his post-match press conference."
No side has retained the Premier League title since Manchester United won their third in a row back in 2009.
Indeed, the reigning champions have ended the following season outside the top four in each of the last three years.
But on the evidence of this game, City look ready to break that trend. Far from showing the kind of complacency that has affected recent title defences, City look more focused and sharper than before.
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