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City to rein in spending spree: Guardiola

13 August 2017

The website notes that for all their lavish spending City still lack a "world class centre-back", and says Guardiola has identified the Saints stopper as the man to add some ballast to his back-four after their fragility last season cost them credibility on the European stage.

Pep Guardiola's attacking style put huge pressure on his defence in his trophyless first campaign at the Etihad Stadium, with Kompany's regular absences making it hard for John Stones to settle in after his move from Everton.

Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit.

The Gunners showed signs of improvement at the end of last season and if they can keep that form - with new forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon giving them fresh firepower - their frustrated fans might enjoy an upturn in results after their worst finish in 21 years.

The Saturday program of the long-awaited first round of the English championship will be finished with the match between Manchester City and Brighton, which for the first time in history will play in the Premier League.

"If you see in the first games [last season] against Sunderland and especially against Steaua Bucharest, between last season and now, it's completely the same". They also have a solid defence led by German Christopher Schindler, who played in every game last season and completed almost 300 clearances and close to a 100 interceptions.

"It was the proposal they presented me, this is a club with big ambition to win trophies this season". They've already made three (Walker, Mendy and Danilo) which may be sufficient at the moment.

New signing Bernardo Silva may just lurk on the sidelines as a cover for either David Silva or Kevin de Bruyne, though he may find himself on the right wing. The most predictable, however, is the 3-5-2 and the 4-2-3-1/4-3-3. He took a team on the verge of dropping down to the third tier to the play-offs past year. - Spurs will be playing all its games at Wembley this season and as such, they have to shake off all their nightmares of playing at Wembley and make the arena a fortress this season.

The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day
The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day

Last season can only be described as a resurgence period, a season of transition.

With a disappointing season behind them, Pep Guardiola wasted no time in strengthening his squad.

Click through the gallery above to see the super computer's predicted final Premier League table.

"We don't have any more time to learn".

Well, in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) terms.

The Spanish manager believes the signings were needed to freshen up an ageing squad ahead of the new season.

Speaking of Gabriel Jesus, the 20-year old Brazilian has been speaking to the Daily Mail about numerous topics, including how the competition between himself and Aguero can only help the team. I'm settling in very well, I just need to learn to speak the language. Guardiola, too, has a year under his belts with a majority of players and the standard of player is far higher than last year.

Man City's Pep Guardiola has high expectations of "intelligent" Bernardo Silva
But I think it is unsustainable . "We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan. Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

City to rein in spending spree: Guardiola