Brighton vs Manchester City

12 August, 2017, 18:20 | Author: Valerie Burke
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"Hopefully, next season I'll be here, and now we're not going to spend how we have spent this season I assure you that".

Guardiola is also a rotation coach, which means he will rest Kompany in smaller league and cup matches to preserve him for key Premier League and Champions League fixtures.

Spending by the league's 20 clubs has already passed the 1 billion pound mark, with the usually hectic final few days before deadline day on August 31 set to send that figure higher.

"Schalke is a great club and I had my professional debut there". We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.

Frustrated by Newcastle's failure to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who instead joined Chelsea, Benitez tried to shame Ashley into action.

He added: "We played four games, one with four at the back and the last three with three at the back". I think that I could come back to the league some time.

"It's important, but it's not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start". I was confident last season too. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". "In terms of business and economics", the Manchester City manager says, "it is the best by far".

"Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them".

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".

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

Many have picked the club as their favourites to lift the league title come next May 2018, but Guardiola stated that the same prediction came at the beginning of last season and that it has happened again ahead of the new season "means nothing". Abraham will have a wise tutor in Fernando Llorente, if the Spaniard stays at Swansea, and another successful season could see him return to Stamford Bridge ready to challenge for a first-team place.

The Catalan has looked to rectify that by spending big in the summer transfer window, almost in the excess of £200million, and City have backed that spending up in pre-season winning their last three matches.

Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar's recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros (£200 million, $260 million), had been building for some time.

Guardiola, who for the first time in his career ended last season without a medal, has spent more than £200m on players this summer. "We were able to buy Kyle and there are other English players I'd like to have but we are so happy with what we've done".

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