Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive

Faith Castro
August 12, 2017

Manchester City's unfamiliarity with Brighton and Hove Albion can help Chris Hughton's promoted side start their Premier League campaign with an upset win on Saturday, midfielder Solly March has said.

Fellow new signings Bernado Silva, Kyle Walker and Danilo are also in line to feature, though new recruit Benjamin Mendy is missing with a thigh strain. But the solution is not changing players every season.

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

"So whatever happens at the start of the season - and of course I hope we get off to a flier - we must stay calm and remember that it´s where we are in the table after 38 games that matters, not the first few. We just made it for 60-70 percent for the chances we created and that's poor", he said.

The Manchester City boss has spent close to £200 million on new players this summer - four of which cost more than £40m.

While it might seem insane Guardiola is thinking of adding any more to the midfield and attack, there are two high-profile players linked with the club in those positions. I was confident last season too.

Fantasy Premier League- Javier Hernandez

"That group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City", he said. The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24. I´m going to be courageous and say the game will finish 4-0. "I like them as a club and I like Slaven Bilic so they will do better than they did last season".

A player with an exquisite first touch and eye for a pass, many feel he is tailor-made to excel under Guardiola's guidance, and City's open, attacking brand of football was a major reason he decided to make the move to the Etihad. "I know it's a big responsibility considering I have become one of the most expensive goalkeepers".

"I'm honest in my job".

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

"I would like in three or four passes to score a goal, but sometimes it's not possible and you have to move them [the opposition] a little bit more, and because our strikers are not Peter Crouch, our strikers are completely different, they are not strong in the air". We have to deal with that and handle that. Both ends of the table are sure to be competitive with money being spent like it's going out of fashion, and that should make it harder to predict than ever.

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