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

Pep Guardiola claims Premier League spending is 'unsustainable'

Pep Guardiola claims Premier League spending is 'unsustainable'

City have been quite busy once again this summer, most noticeably the acquisition of the "super-kick" 'keeper Ederson and the remarkable-double-record-breaking signings for defenders Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, the two pacy full-backs/wing-backs.

Fellow new recruit Bernardo Silva is available but he could lack match fitness after an extended summer break.

Here, we take a closer look at the Amex Stadium clash. His composure and ball-playing was supposed to stabilise the heart of the defence, but his inability to catch up with the high expectations after his heavy transfer fee cost both Manchester City and the player himself for that matter.

"Anthony Knockaert needs to be fit and flying as soon as possible". Ederson nailed down the number one goalie at Benfica last season, as he helped them reach a fourth consecutive League title. It does not mean we have to spend over £20m on a player to guarantee our goals this season.

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan. If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution.

"We spent the first three months in the bottom places".

"Given the transfers, I think what you do is you try to assess nearly a middle market".

I am very thankful for them, I came from the youth section and had really great years there.

Pep Guardiola is unmoved by Manchester City's standing as pre-season favourites for the Premier League title.

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Hughton has insisted Brighton must ignore any gulf in financial clout however, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget. But the two clubs, who have endured plenty of ups and downs since, are barely recognisable from those days. Man City failed to win any domestic competitions by losing in the fourth round of the League Cup and failing to make it to the F.A. Cup final by losing in the semis to Arsenal. It was only Vincent Kompany's sixth game for City and if he's in the lineup for the opening day of 2017-18, it will be his 300th start. Brighton are an unknown quantity as this is their first outing in the Premier League, but they were a well-disciplined, organised side with quality in attacking areas on their way to promotion glory. "But, in terms of being something completely different, Philip Foden is the best and the most naturally gifted I've ever seen". It may become more of a pressing issue if the manager continues to play a 3-5-2 set-up - with only the much-maligned Eliaquim Mangala left as a senior option, if Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones continue alongside the captain.

As a player, the physical, tough, nature of the Championship, coupled with the fact that there are eight more games to play in, often with much smaller squads, make it such a hard league.

"Last season we were [favourites] too and we finished 15 points behind", he told a news conference. It's fair to say that a lot has changed in football since their last top flight appearance in 1983, and Manchester City are one of those things.

"The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated".

Aguero has scored against 29 of his 30 previous Premier League opponents, with Bolton the only exception.

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