Pep Guardiola vows to decrease spending

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

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.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that he will spend significantly less in the transfer market next summer after splashing out nearly £400m in the last 13 months.

Manchester City have spent £120 million on full-backs this summer.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season", Guardiola said Friday on the eve (Aug 11) of his side's opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

"Of course, it had an influence on me [the presence of Pep Guardiola here]".

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season". Ederson made 27 appearances in the Portuguese League and only conceded 12 goals.

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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. 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. Mendy and Walker's numbers are similar when they are attacking, as Mendy averages 1.5 dribbles and 1 key pass per game, while Walker averages 1.1 dribbles and 1.2 key passes per game. I hope I can prove I'm just as good as them. "So, I didn't think twice when I got the proposal from City".

"It took a bit of an adjustment for Pep Guardiola, but City are my favourites". These tactics have brought Guardiola great success over the years, but in preseason this summer Guardiola has employed a three in the back tactic.

Former England captain Alan Shearer feels Chelsea need to sign at least two or three players in the final few weeks of the transfer window to have any chance of retaining their Premier League title.

"Last season with Leroy [Sane] and [Ilkay] Gundogan, this season with Bernardo, Danilo, Mendy and with Kyle - they are young enough to play four, five years". 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.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

"That group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City", he said. For City it's just trying to gel everyone together, understand the tactics, and avoid injuries.

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