Brighton won't roll over for Man City, says Bruno

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Fortified by Manchester City's £200 million ($260 million) overhaul, Pep Guardiola is under pressure to ensure his second season in the Premier League is far more successful than his torrid first.

Last season Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the only player to reach double figures in league goals with 17, while Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were the next best with just six goals each.

"We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added.

Gabriel Jesus hopes competition between himself and Sergio Aguero can drive Manchester City towards success this season. Antonio Conte's side will be without their star player, Eden Hazard, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury sustained during Belgium training at the beginning of summer. Our fans really get behind us and they're going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more.

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we made a decision to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", Guardiola said during his pre-match conference on Friday. Fortunately for us, there isn't any player in our squad that doesn't know the Premier League, the players and their quality.

"That is why the club was clever to do that because we anticipated what we needed and we tried to do our best, not just for next season but the future".

City's spending is a part of an explosion of fees, with PSG forking out a world-record €222m to sign Neymar from Barcelona, but Guardiola believes the bubble will soon burst.

As one of the most successful football managers in the new millennium, Guardiola will have been disappointed that he didn't pick up a piece of silverware for the first time in his managerial career in his first season in England.

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"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed".

"However, Pep has so many attacking options and I think against newly promoted Brighton he can afford to lose one centre back to shoe-horn in another of his forwards". "Sooner or later it's going to finish".

"The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now".

'I love football and I have always loved football, ' he told the club's website.

Guardiola added Bernado Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Ederson to his squad having finished 15 points adrift of Chelsea who won the title last season.

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had", he explained. "But we try to win the game".

'I am insane about football. The pressure it's never a big problem.

Manchester United's transfer business is "75 percent" complete but the club is still looking for a winger, manager Jose Mourinho said ahead of their Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday.

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