Ahead of Saturday's game against Chelsea at the Etihad, Guardiola reiterated his belief that City and Liverpool have upped the standard required to be champions of England, a challenge Thomas Tuchel's side have risen to.
"United was close I remember one year with Mourinho and last season especially with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they were really good but we were exceptional.
"Now it's more than 90 points [needed] to be champions, before it was 78, 80, 82, 86, 87. I think Antonio Conte with Chelsea started it a little bit when they won the league in my first season here but after, Liverpool and City made a step [forward].
"And I'm proud after six seasons together or five years of success, in January we are still there in every single game competing.
"I repeat many times, what happened after being Champion, the next season of the last 10 champions, they drop, but drop massively and we are there, and that's incredible credit."
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