London: Everton are one of the best teams in the Premier League with excellent players and Manchester City will likely face a tough test when they host the Merseyside club on Monday, said City manager Pep Guardiola.
“Everton are a top squad and they have bought good players. They are one of the best teams in the league, I am sure of that,” said Guardiola.
City drew 1-1 at home with Everton last season and the reverse fixture in January marked Guardiola’s heaviest league loss as a manager, with his side losing 0-4 at Goodison Park.
With Everton bolstering their squad with nine new signings, Guardiola is wary of the all-round threat provided by manager Ronald Koeman’s side.
“I expect they will play the same way (as last season), attack our backs,” he added. “They’ve a strong defence and excellent players.”
City have already spent more than 200 million pounds to strengthen their ranks.