Premier League: Manchester City must maintain success to be best ever, says Neville

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  • Pep Guardiola’s men won the title after Manchester United lost to West Brom
  • City have their sights set on smashing seven records in title-winning campaign
  • Neville says Blues must maintain success to be considered one of the best ever 

Gary Neville insists Manchester City must build on their title success if they want to be considered one of the greatest Premier League sides of all time.

Pep Guardiola‘s men clinched the title on Sunday when Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom-of-the-table West Brom.

The dominant Blues still have their sights set on smashing seven records in their title-winning campaign.

But Sky Sports pundit Neville dismissed claims they were the greatest team of all time – or even the greatest Premier League team of all time.

He said: ‘We’re talking about one of the greatest ever Premier League single season performances. They are not one of the greatest Premier League teams. Guardiola would never say one title is the measurement of greatness. 

‘His Barcelona team was probably the greatest of all time, that’s how you measure it, when you can sustain it. 

‘He then went to Bayern and won it three times on the bounce. Guardiola if he was sitting here next season and someone else had won the league he would say his team have not gone on to achieve greatness. They need to do more season after season.

‘I don’t go along with the theory that it’s a surety that they’ll dominate. If you look at the head to head of Mourinho and Guardiola, they’ve won 20 titles each. 

‘Next season is critical, this season means Guardiola has stolen in front. Next season is absolutely critical, this time next year we’re going to be talking about who the winner and the loser is.’

 

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