Guardiola returns to Manchester City drawing board

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13 August, 2017

The Seagulls make their Premier League debut today when they host Manchester City - 34 years after they were last in the top flight of English football.

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.

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.

I am interested to see whether Chelsea put all their eggs into the Premier League basket or in the Champions League, but I suspect they will go for the latter as Antonio Conte has more of a point to prove in Europe. I know a lot of the pundits are going for City but you feel like this is a Guardiola team now.

"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to buy full-backs".

"In terms of business and economics", the Manchester City manager says, "it is the best by far".

"If we have to score more then we will score more because that's part of the respect of the Premier League".

"The group of players we will see this season is going to stay a long time here at Manchester City".

City have been installed as Sky Bet's 7/4 favourites for the title followed by champions Chelsea alongside Manchester United at 7/2 apiece, while Burnley join the top-flight's new boys as the relegation favourites.

Guardiola said: "It is not just us".

"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent", he continued. Our fans really get behind us and they're going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more.

Guardiola believes the Neymar deal has over-inflated the market to levels that can not be maintained. "So, I didn't think twice when I got the proposal from City".

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones", Guardiola added.

Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero were played together at times last season.

So as the Premier League season gets underway this weekend, I pick out a few ones to watch for the coming season.

Also worth noting that Burnley's away record last season was terrible, 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.

"Keep doing what we've done in the last three games and it should be exciting".


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