Gabriel Jesus hopes competition with Sergio Aguero will benefit Man City

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

"Manchester City have the best team on paper", ex-England midfielder Owen Hargreaves told the Premier League official website. If the club decides he is not able, we are going to take a solution.

City manager Pep Guardiola will be under pressure from the start after strengthening his squad with five new signings in the transfer window, costing the club some $286 million.

Immediately after Brighton secured promotion to the top-flight for the first time in 34 years, their chairman Tony Bloom warned he would not break the bank in a bid to avoid relegation.

"We need something more, a little something extra" - Pep Guardiola, after the West Ham friendly.

"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.

Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise and his side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions. There's a gulf between Albion and City. "So, I didn't think twice when I got the proposal from City".

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Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero were played together at times last season. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

"We spent", the coach said.

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"I was confident then too", the coach admitted. "We don't want to come away from any games with any regrets".

The striker looks to have the physicality and keen eye for goal to thrive in the Premier League, but does he have the right mentality? I'm calm and I'm ready to help my team.

Guardiola's reputation as a champion of both youth and midfield stylists from his time at Barcelona means player and manager could be coming together at an ideal time. I hope I can prove I'm just as good as them.

"There's a huge gulf between the Championship and the top Premier League teams and having watched City in pre-season, they look like they are in the mood for a good start".

"They bring four players in, one of them's a goalkeeper, and they let seven or eight go".

In a unusual quirk of fate, 34 years ago, in the 1982-83 season, Brighton's last top-flight home game was also against City, where they were also looking for a positive result but for very different reasons.

"I would like to see Pep Guardiola stay even if City didn't win a trophy, but the reality of football is that he would most likely be sacked if we have another season like the last one".

Be it a back three or a back four, I don't see any balance now in the squad.

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