12 August, 2017
City have spent nearly £150m on the current transfer window and only one of his five signings to date has not been to strengthen his back-line.
However, City, who start their Premier League campaign at promoted Brighton on Saturday, always meant to give Guardiola time to reload and a pre-season spree has put him in position to get it right this time.
Those deals were small change compared to City's spending of course and Chris Hughton's signings have been offset by a broken leg for Beram Kayal that will keep the midfielder sidelined for around three months.
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Guardiola confirmed Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan are recovering well but neither would be available for selection for City's weekend clash at the Amex Stadium. A squad with Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, David Silva or Bernardo Silva can only aspire to the top.
This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since a League Cup tie back in September 2008. The game kicks off at 12:30 PM EST in Falmer Stadium, Brighton.
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.
Brighton's last opening day fixture in the top-flight was against Ipswich in 1982-83, drawing 1-1 at home. I was confident last season too.
So, no easing into the Premier League for Brighton, then.
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"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday.