Steve Coppell took Reading up as second-tier champions with a record-breaking 106 points in 2005/06 and he built on that achievement with an impressive eighth-place finish in their first Premier League season. The players with a proper pre-season, they are fit and they are strong. I don't think they can challenge on both fronts with the way they play, unless they adapt and they change: the way they play at 100 miles an hour from the first minute to the last minute, it's very hard to do that Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday-Wednesday.
"I think it'll be tough but if they were to go of the Champions league and they had free weeks after Christmas, Saturday to Saturday they could be a real threat this season to City".
They have brought in £70 million worth of talent including Andre Schurrle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jean Michael Seri and Alfie Mawson, addressing problem areas in the squad and adding defensive knowhow, Premier League experience and goals. I'm just not sure, they've got themselves in a situation now where they're desperate.
On paper, Wolves are the best newly promoted side in the Premier League, but times have changed and Nuno won't be able to guide them to a top six finish as Ipswich did in 2001.
Logic says Liverpool. City to be champions again though.
"They seem so intent and we spoke to Kompany and Walker, they seem so intent to not drop below the mentality and standards they achieved past year". You have to try your best to get points and even with the difficulties that we had with our pre-season, now I don't think is the time to be speaking about that. "He realises that's the measure of greatness".
Neville went on to mention Tottenham and Chelsea as challengers despite their lack of transfer activity and managerial teething issues respectively.
In spite of the pall of gloom settling around his old club, Neville reckons that United should be expected to challenge for the title.
"If Liverpool can get some impetus, then we don't know how Manchester City will react under pressure if a team can stay close to them at the end of the season". The Catalans giants are desperate to refill their midfield region after the departure of Spanish legend Andres Iniesta and to bolster their forward line as they do every summer.
Manchester United will open the league campaign at home as they will host Leicester City.
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