Pep Guardiola has tipped Newcastle United to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League in the “next few years”.
Guardiola’s men showed the Magpies there is still some way to go in quest to become a English force after winning 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Eddie Howe was pleased with his side’s performance but the hosts demonstrated their clinical edge after goals from Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva.
Seventeen points now separates the two clubs in the league table, with City in second and United in fifth, but Guardiola expects that gap to shorten dramatically in the coming seasons.
“Their (Newcastle) threat is not a surprise, there is a reason why they were in the Carabao Cup final and for a lot of minutes they were better than United,” said the former Barcelona manager.
“This team and this club in the next few years will be a threat for the title.”
The Spaniard added: “The owners did not take over too long ago, and they are nearly there. They are starting to rise and increase. Of course, they will be a contender.
“It’s quite similar to Manchester City when our Dubai owners took over the club to win the Premier League. Newcastle will be there.”