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Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

13 August 2017

Frustrated by City's failings in his trophyless first season in England, Guardiola has overhauled his squad with defenders Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, plus goalkeeper Ederson and playmaker Bernardo Silva.

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

"I always used to make a point of trying to score in the first game".

"The next year I had some offers from overseas and took the step towards Manchester City and had another great year". Perhaps we've got to ensure that all our players give their all and hope that City are off-colour, but it can happen that way.

Both Guardiola and Mourinho could argue that their first seasons were transitional campaigns.

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".

Guardiola had difficulty against other sides in the top six, winning only two of 10 matches and scoring just 11 times in those games, a record that has to be improved.

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Watford incredibly take the No3 spot having not lost a single game, to go with five wins and five draws for 20 points. And the Catalan insists he will stick to his principles ahead of City's opener against Brighton .

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League, and we need to change it". United's best players, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Pogba, Rashford, and Ander Herrera are all players who thrive on freedom and being able to run all over the field.

Factoring in every year since Abramovich's arrival in 2003, the figure averages out at 20.9, marking out this season's squad as a significant anomaly.

However, The Sun claim that privately Mourinho still feels a deal can be reached as he's been informed that Madrid are ready to do business as long as they are given enough time to find a replacement. For that reason, the most important players for City will be defenders.

"We thought you might get five minutes on Match of the Day and a bit more exposure if you do well".

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed".

"I don't think I'm in a position of crying, moaning, protesting".

"The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now".

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The danger for Chelsea is that the harmonious atmosphere re-established by Conte after Mourinho's bitter departure is eroded. Brighton and Huddersfield were promoted alongside a Newcastle side making an instant return to the Premier League.

The club spent £75 million (about $97 million) on bring 24-year-old Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford to be his successor at the top of Mourinho's team.

Ibrahim told of how his son has an upcoming trial at United's Premier League rivals Southampton and had made a special promise to his father after being handed the medal.

Arsene Wenger's men allowed their opponents to take 432 shots against them last season, which was sixth best in the league and well below City, who topped that category by only allowing 301. "Can we win it?"

Guardiola seemed unprepared for the rude physicality of English Football and was derided for saying he was "not a coach for the tackles" after a one-sided 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.

Perhaps the bigger problem was his group of aging, rapidly declining full-backs, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov. I'm honest in my job.

The former Barcelona boss arrived at the Eithad Stadium after gained a big reputation at the Nou Camp and Bayern Munich due to his offensive tiki-taka style.

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Guardiola defends Man City's big spending