Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic believes Manchester City will struggle to match last season's success. Speaking from Chelsea's US training base, Ivanovic claimed Manchester United will start the season as favourites to win the Premier League.

"City will find it a lot more difficult next season, every team will want to beat them because they are the champions," said the Serb.

"It was the same with us, when you win something - it doesn't matter if it's a big or small club - they will fight and have extra motivation.

"The real test of a good team is if they can be successful again in the next season, particularly in the Premier League because it's a long season and everyone wants to beat you."

He added: "For me Manchester United are always the number one favourites."