Pep Guardiola does not think Manchester City will find making top four easy despite their flying start to the season.
City has notched 10 consecutive wins since the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach took charge.
Six of those victories has come from the EPL with the most recent win the 3-1 victory over Swansea.
“I didn’t think about what might happen at the start of the season,” he told the club’s website.
“We just focused on pre-season and then we took a lot of confidence from our Champions League qualifying games and then it’s been game-by-game.
“I honestly just think qualifying for the Champions League will be very tough.
“United played really well [against Leicester City], Liverpool are especially playing very well, as are Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal. Everton may have lost, but they are all so, so strong.
“Now we are thinking of Celtic and then it will be Tottenham and that’s how we’ll go forward. At the end of the season, we’ll see how our levels were and whether we were better than our rivals or not.”