Man City's Pep Guardiola: I'm not under extra pressure this season

Summer signing Bernardo Silva takes part in a training session on Monday afternoon
Summer signing Bernardo Silva takes part in a training session on Monday afternoon
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12 August, 2017

Here is how the Super Computer has predicted that Premier League 2017/18 season will end.

Lukaku became the second-most expensive in Manchester United's history behind £89m signing Paul Pogba.

Hughton broke Brighton's transfer record to sign PSV Eindhoven midfielder Davy Propper on Monday and is set to shatter that mark with a £13.5 million swoop for Club Brugge winger Jose Izquierdo before the season starts.

"But go into the season with confidence and no fear, and be very much ready for the challenges ahead". Give the people what they want!

The season kicks off Friday with Arsenal going off as a -188 favourite hosting 2015-16 champion Leicester City (+650) with draw odds of +366.

"While an outlay of around £120m so far suggests the champions have seriously backed their man, on closer examination the Blues have recouped nearly as much in sales and failed to address a glaringly obvious needed-for depth", says the Daily Mirror. "City have had the luxury of buying three world class full-backs, I don't believe Pep will make the same mistakes, and that's why I'm banking on Manchester City".

Liverpool and Tottenham push the boundaries on physical endurance as they press, press then press some more. Brighton will be making its Premier League debut after earning its spot with a 93-point performance in the EFL Championship last season. These tactics have brought Guardiola great success over the years, but in preseason this summer Guardiola has employed a three in the back tactic. It may not see Rashford emulate the scoring exploits of his breakthrough season under Mourinho's predecessor Louis van Gaal, but he is good enough to be a big player in a campaign of high expectation at Old Trafford.

But which side has the best attack?

City could line up with Ederson in goal, Stones and Kompany at center back, Mendy and Walker occupying the left and right back roles, Yaya Touré in defensive midfield, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in midfield, Leroy Sané and Gabriel Jesus on the wings, and Sergio Agüero up top.

City certainly haven't let up in the transfer window with numerous players going in and out of the Etihad Stadium in the summer months, with a number of familiar faces been replaced by a new roster of new faces.

City would still have top talents on the bench if this starting eleven was occupied, with Nicolás Otamendi, Danilo, Ilkay Gündoğan, Raheem Sterling, and new signing Bernardo Silva all as impact subs.

Lukaku was initially linked with a move to Premier League champions Chelsea before Manchester United managed to hijack the deal. For City it's just trying to gel everyone together, understand the tactics, and avoid injuries.

The Premier League is full of foreign stars after another summer of big-money transfers.


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