But Kevin De Bruyne says his side may not need another big points haul this season to win the Premier League for a third successive time.
However, the Belgium midfielder believes that a total of 85 could see the title won in 2020 – with a high level of performance and consistency more important.
“We don’t need to beat the last two seasons – maybe we can win this season with 85 points.
“It is not about improving, it is about staying consistent, trying to be there every game, trying to win every game.
“It is not always about doing better, because how can you do better sometimes?
“To win every year what we won the last two years is going to be pretty difficult but it is good to be there.”