Benjamin Mendy, Ilkay Gundogan out for Manchester City

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

"There are one or two players, like Kyle Walker, who's great because he's been in the Premier League for a long time and he knows the league", Distin told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

City have been installed as Sky Bet's 7/4 favourites for the title followed by champions Chelsea alongside Manchester United at 7/2 apiece, while Burnley join the top-flight's new boys as the relegation favourites.

If Tottenham were playing at White Hart Lane I'd have them as champions. They are also big enough to buy their way out of trouble.

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"I think what will be crucial will be their home form. It's going to be a tough game".

It's a hard one. We were not able to find a solution with those players.

Finally, Ederson was questioned about the criticism he received from the English media after the mistake he made against Manchester United during a preseason friendly, which resulted in a goal scored by Romelu Lukaku.

"I don't [think] there's extra pressure on me", he said.

While City are still open to offers for him, Guardiola is involving Mangala with the first-team squad and the France defender could yet stay at the club. I was very happy when I found out he wanted to count on me.

Liverpool finished in fourth place last season and manager Jurgen Klopp has brought in Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, Domimic Solanke and Scottish defender Andy Robertson to improve his squad. He gives us that pace as well as Sadio Mane. New faces had to settle in and the legacy players had to get used to the methods of their high-profile bosses.

The 23-year-old's £35m transfer fee surpasses the previous world-record £32.6m paid by Juventus to Parma in 2001 to bring Gianluigi Buffon to Turin. You have only got to look at the signings so far and the intent is there. I'm surprised Spurs haven't signed anybody and that concerning thing is that it's gone from Mauricio Pochettino saying he doesn't need anybody to saying he needs four or five.

'The club was clever with that because we anticipated what we needed to do, ' he added.

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"For me he is a brilliant manager because of his personality; he wants to play his football and doesn't want to change", Bruno added.

Meanwhile, the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Enes Unal, Nolito, Fernando and Joe Hart have left the club.

"I am insane about football".

It's going to be a big struggle for Huddersfield.

The financial boom that the Premier League facilitated (not least thanks to lucrative sponsorship deals and broadcasting contracts) have allowed English clubs to both sign and create some of the best talents in the world over the past quarter of a century. I like that. He is a humble guy - he's so intelligent, which is a huge quality.

Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the Community Shield contest last weekend and they will now kick start the Premier League campaign against Leicester City tomorrow night.

"Pep: "@ManCity won't spend like this season again, I assure you.

There's no outstanding favourite and this is the most exciting season. I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League.

After a busy transfer window what will Guardiola's side serve up this season?

Having favoured a 3-4-3 system for much of pre-season, Guardiola confirmed he will alternate between three-man and four-man defences. The goalkeeper will always be the question mark but he has a team that suits his style now.

Winning the Premier League should nearly be mandatory for Guardiola in his second season at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal's failure to make the Champions League was a blow but there could be a silver lining as Arsene Wenger will have the opportunity to rest his players in the early rounds of the Europa League.

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