Pel­le­grini has a warn­ing for City suc­ces­sor Guardi­ola

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Manuel Pel­le­grini be­lieves the ben­e­fits of a new bumper TV deal in English foot­ball will make it even harder for in­com­ing Manch­ester City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola to win a Premier League ti­tle.

Clubs will re­ceive a share of $11.5 bil­lion over the next three sea­sons and Pel­le­grini thinks this will lead to a far more com­pet­i­tive league.

The de­part­ing City boss also feels as though Guardi­ola will find it tough to win a league ti­tle when he is also ex­pected to de­liver suc­cess in Europe.

“I think it will get more com­pet­i­tive be­cause the TV rights are in­creas­ing ev­ery sea­son, so ev­ery team will have more money to spend on good play­ers,” said Pel­le­grini. “Ev­ery team has good play­ers, but maybe the big ones make a lit­tle dif­fer­ence.

“It’s also very im­por­tant to con­sider in the fu­ture that this sea­son, we have played 16 games more than Le­ices­ter. Big teams in­volved in Europe have a dou­ble chal­lenge to be suc­cess­ful.

“That makes it more dif­fi­cult to reach the first four places in the Premier League, and that is why it will be more dif­fi­cult in years to come to reach the top four.”

City need a point to­day against Swansea to en­sure that Guardi­ola will have a shot at qual­i­fy­ing for the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son through the play-offs.

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