Mark Hughes says he expects the ‘big four’ in the Premier League to continue to drop points as the season unfolds.
Having spent over £100 million on new players over the summer, his City team kept up the pressure at the top of the table with a draw at Wigan Athletic on Sunday. They are now just 5 points off the lead with a game in hand.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and Liverpool both suffered defeats at the weekend while Manchester United had to work hard in the latter stages of their game to fend off the challenge of Bolton at Old Trafford.
Hughes says that the dominance of United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal could be challenged like never before saying:
This year has the potential to be as open as it has ever been.
The top four teams will drop points. That has been evident at the beginning of the season and it will continue.
I just think there are more good teams in the top half of the table that can cause problems for the side’s around them.
What everyone is trying to do is get into a position by March or April where you are still in contention and you can be a factor.
There are going to be a lot of games of real significance at the end of this season rather than it just petering out really for some teams. That has to be good for the Premier League.