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City to rein in spending spree: Guardiola

12 August 2017

Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City's current spending levels are "unsustainable" and insists this summer's record-breaking splurge is just a one-off.

In a odd quirk of fate, 34 years ago, in the 1982-83 season, Brighton's last top-flight home game was also against City, where they were also looking for a positive result but for very different reasons.

Close to £130 million was invested in full-backs as Guardiola shored up his defence with Tottenham's Kyle Walker, Monaco's Benjamin Mendy from Monaco and Real Madrid's Danilo.

Such expenditure has raised eyebrows in some quarters, but Guardiola insists the expensive revamp of his squad was necessary...

As midfielder Ilkay Gundogan inches back to full fitness after missing most of last season due to injury, Guardiola said he will take no risks with the Germany worldwide.

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Sancho had been lined up to join Foden and Brahim in the U.S. but was left behind after making it clear he wanted to leave the club due to a perceived lack of first-team opportunities.

Several Premier League clubs are also rumoured to be interested in the 17-year-old former Watford winger.

"With all respect to the players, last season we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League". We create always more than the opponent.

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Playing three at the back may enable Guardiola to associate Aguero and Jesus in attack, after he generally used a single-striker system last season following Jesus's arrival in January.

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All the teams have a shot at the title as evidenced by Leicester City's triumph two seasons ago, but the focus will be on Conte ahead of what he labeled his "toughest challenge" yet.

Guardiola has gone about his business in a calm and methodical manner this summer, improving and lowering the age of his backline and, while he may not have landed anyone to make the fans sits up and say "wow", there is still time for that to happen. How long they take to gel at the back in going to be the question and they'll leave themselves open with their attacking style, but they will still outscore everyone. "I am so grateful to my physios to control the amount of work". I like that. He is a humble guy - he's so intelligent, which is a huge quality.

Muric, 18, is also slated to join the travelling party down to the south coast as third-choice goalkeeper, replacing Angus Gunn, who provided cover last season but is now on loan at Norwich.

"We are going to play both systems".

Asked about extra pressure, he added: "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

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Brighton have often been a thorn in City's side, including in 2008 when they knocked them out of the Carling Cup.

"We played good games against four fantastic teams".

"I think there is a good mixture between established players and young players, and that's going to produce results in the future". Harry Kane is the best finisher with the types of goals he scores so I'd go for him if I had to bet on the nose but I do fancy Lacazette each-way at 10/1. As of today I can't see past City, United or Chelsea for the title, possibly I'd go for City.

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City to rein in spending spree: Guardiola