Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pep Guardiola Looking To Add To His Manchester City Squad

Pep Guardiola Looking To Add To His Manchester City Squad

City are among the sides that have spent the most this summer, shelling out over €200m on five new players, but Guardiola made it clear such lavish activity was a one-off.

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday". Twice the British transfer record was broken to sign him (£18m by Leeds in 2000 and £30m by Man United in 2002), and his style of play was so far removed from the traditional English approach (i.e. obsessed with physicality and "hoofing it") that it blazed a trail for a new generation of ball-playing centre-backs in the country.

"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do".

"I don't think we're going to see that replicated (in England)", Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said.

"We know better, I know better and they know me better".

They scored just 26 times at home, lower than the likes of Leicester City, Bournemouth, West Brom and relegated Hull City.

Their summer signings have improved the team and I don't think Pep Guardiola has stopped spending yet.

You would always expect to achieve better results at home than away, but Tottenham's form drop-off on their travels last season was marked.

Guardiola also stated that he expected a tough game against Brighton.

Townsend feels the Amex Stadium outfit have every chance of a long-term future in the Premier League should they beat the drop this time.

Brighton knocked City out of the League Cup on penalties in 2008 following a 2-2 draw at the Withdean Stadium.

Henry is one of (if the outright) finest strikers of the Premier League era - and a record of 175 in 258 games tells you everything you need to know. "I would like to see Pep Guardiola stay even if City didn't win a trophy, but the reality of football is that he would most likely be sacked if we have another season like the last one".

Anthony Knockaert was directly involved in more league goals than any other Championship midfielder in 2016-17, with 15 goals and eight assists.

I've been really pleased with how Liverpool have shaped up in pre-season and Mohamed Salah has been quite incredible.

Pep explained City's heavy investment, saying, "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".

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

As for Brighton, manager Chris Hughton is confident his side can hold their own in the Premier League by targeting "middle market" signings while the big clubs flex their financial muscle. Unless he splash the cash before August 31 much of City's success will depend as much in Gabriel Jesus' goals as on keeping captain Kompany fit.

The buzz may have gone but the biggest question before the coming season remains whether two of the highest-profile managers in the world can deliver on all the hype surrounding them.

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