Guardiola has Man City playing like Barcelona - Toure

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12 August, 2017

Manchester City endured a awful campaign last term but the Citizens have looked extremely good during pre-season following the many signings they have made.

Close to £130 million was invested in full-backs as Guardiola shored up his defence with Tottenham's Kyle Walker, Monaco's Benjamin Mendy from Monaco and Real Madrid's Danilo.

It has been another strong showing of City's financial muscle but Guardiola insists the club have only paid market rates and such major rebuilding work is a one-off.

Many think the signing of Bernardo Silva is bad news for David Silva - but I think we will see him deployed in a deeper role, perhaps like a Xavi or Iniesta. I assure you that. I assure you that because last season we finished contract of five, six players, and for six years Manchester City hadn't bought full-backs.

City are travelling to a training camp in Spain and will face La Liga side Girona, three days after their Premier League opener at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. "The current players are young and will stay for the future", he added.

Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar's recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros (£200 million, $260 million), had been building for some time.

"But what the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City can do, they can do that and good luck to them".

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.

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League, and we need to change it".

We were a lot bigger than many people have known us since then. "But we try to win the game".

Guardiola believes the Neymar deal has over-inflated the market to levels that can not be maintained.

"I like to think I understand the offside rule well enough".

"We make good things last season with the player we had", he said.

Pep Guardiola believes that top clubs are forced to pay over the odds for quality players but says the premium is even greater when dealing with Premier League clubs.

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. "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

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