Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Guardiola returns to Manchester City drawing board

Guardiola returns to Manchester City drawing board

According to the British media reports, City have spent over 200 million pounds ($259.62 million) on full-backs Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo, goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva.

"In the next few years City will buy one, two, maybe three players".

However, Barcelona are unlikely to want to sell another of their key players, especially after Neymar's move to PSG last week. The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24.

"We have spent, yes, but all the teams - with the exception of Tottenham - have spent", Guardiola said.

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we chose to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he told reporters today. If we have to score more then we will score more.

Brighton was very convincing in the Championship last season but the step up to the Premier League is a big one.

"We know it's going to be a special day because it's the first Premier League game at the Amex, and the first Premier League game for the club".

City still appears too dependent on Vincent Kompany, its injury-prone center back and captain, while a new holding midfielder to replace 34-year-old Yaya Toure will probably be Guardiola's priority next summer.

Guardiola could start with Jesus and Sergio Aguero up front, given he has used a 3-5-2 set-up for much of pre-season, which suggests Walker and Danilo are to be deployed as wing-backs. "Players here now are so young and will stay for the future".

City begin the campaign against Brighton on Saturday and Guardiola is pleased with how his squad are shaping up.

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