Guardiola returns to Manchester City drawing board

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are".

Going forward Manchester City are very strong, and they have bought players at the back.

They return to the fray this weekend having spent around £200 million ($261 million, 221.3 million euros) on players and Guardiola believes an exciting new team is taking shape.

All four are backing Manchester City for the title and expect Arsenal to miss out on the top four again, while Huddersfield and Brighton are given little hope of surviving.

City also added three full backs to their side as they brought in Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, Kyle Walker from domestic rivals Tottenham, and Danilo from Real Madrid.

"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".

"We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is".

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Guardiola struck a satisfied tone when discussing his raft of fresh full-backs and their ability to have a transformative effect on City's play this season. "But if you go to England it's £20-£25m more expensive", the Spaniard told a news conference ahead of City's Premier League opener with Brighton & Hove on Saturday.

"She's a fan but she knows a lot about the game".

Also worth noting that Burnley's away record last season was awful, and their first five away games are at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City, so it will be neon impossible to keep clean sheets in these games.

"I think sooner or later it is going to finish", he said. We didn't have full-backs so we had to buy full-backs. Everyone has witnessed the way a Guardiola team can play when Pep has the right players and everyone understands the tactics, as Guardiola has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and has steamrolled the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich three times. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time.

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season. "Hopefully she doesn't understand it better than me".

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side. I know a lot of the pundits are going for City but you feel like this is a Guardiola team now. "It depends on many other circumstances but we've tried to buy good defenders but also creative players and strikers to score more goals".

The Europa League winners will start the 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a home clash against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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