Guardiola returns to Man City drawing board

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12 August, 2017

Guardiola failed to claim any silverware for City, the first trophyless season of his managerial career.

Yet he said: "It's the same pressure as I had last season. I'm calm and I'm ready to help my team".

Pundit predicts Manchester City will make light work of Brighton this weekend.

Pep Guardiola first acquired the services of Brazilian goalie Ederson from Portuguese side Benfica. Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world.

These three full backs will be a huge upgrade from City's full backs last season and will add a huge attacking force and the speed to track back in defense.

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City have already taken a step forward in the new season after seeing off Brighton and Hove Albion in their Premier League opener.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million (S$385 million).

In spite of City's lavish summer spending, which has seen the club surpass the £220m barrier, Guardiola anticipates a tough start for the new season.

With Man City spending around £202m on first team players and an astonishing £159m spent exclusively on defenders and goalkeepers, it would appear that Pep Guardiola finally has the right back line and goalie at City.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season".

Guardiola seemed unprepared for the rude physicality of English Football and was derided for saying he was "not a coach for the tackles" after a one-sided 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.

As the Seagulls prepare to host City on Saturday afternoon, Hughton has insisted his men must ignore any gulf in financial clout, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget.

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan.

"We probably have to concentrate on the levels that we can affect".

"We're not expected to beat teams like City".

Yet, a team featuring Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus up front and a sprinkle of attacking midfielders like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, new signing Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling promises lots of goals this season.


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