Brighton bank on surprise factor to upset City

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

I'm a type of player with a lot of experience.

Guardiola will travel to Brighton with new signings Bernardo Silva, Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker and Danilo, although Benjamin Mendy is still working his way back to fitness after a thigh injury.

Many have picked the club as their favourites to lift the league title come next May 2018, but Guardiola stated that the same prediction came at the beginning of last season and that it has happened again ahead of the new season "means nothing". In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs. "For example, hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80mn and then Bale for £85mn and everything went more expensive". Manchester City's last Academy produced player was Micah Richards, it has been 12 years since the Richard's debut and Manchester City fans will hope to see another of their own make the step up to the first team.

But if you're wondering why the Manchester clubs have been dominating headlines in England, it's because the rest of the big teams have been doing little online.

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we chose to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he told reporters today. Plenty of things will be able to be derived from the match, from tactics to player performances. I don't know, we're going to ask the doctor because, of course, he was injured for a long time.

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It is always hard at this time of year to separate fact from fiction and it remains to be seen if the 18-year-old would be open to a move away from the principality, but his signing would represent a huge statement that City mean business both domestically and in Europe.

As Arsenal's usher in the new Premier League season against Leicester City at the Emirates today, there remain numerous questions and expectations from the coming season. But I think it is unsustainable. "Sooner or later it's going to finish", he said.

"We did it earlier", Guardiola concluded.

These three full backs will be a huge upgrade from City's full backs last season and will add a huge attacking force and the speed to track back in defense.

Guardiola was one of the most heralded managers in the world following the exploits of his all-conquering Barcelona side, but his European struggles with Bayern Munich and the decline of his patented "tiki-taka" football have seen many critics label him a "chequebook manager". We can play good and we can win games.

Chelsea looked a settled side last season, but Conte knows that there is a bull's-eye on his back and he has repeatedly requested the Chelsea board to help him shore up his team; pleas which have fallen on deaf ears. We have to deal with that and handle that. "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens knowing how hard it is". I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived.

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