The Chelsea boss witnessed City first hand as they beat his team 3-2 in the Community Shield.
“They are the champions, we have to catch up 25 points from last season. They are favourites, there’s no doubt about it.
“Manchester United will be chasing City as well, they have a strong squad, I’m not sure if they will make any more signings but they have a strong team.”
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.