Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive

Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive

"Of course we tried to buy good defenders to defend the duels, good situations". If John Stones can develop more this season under Guardiola, and Kompany can avoid long term injuries, then City may have a more consistent defense for the upcoming season compared to last season.

With Man City spending around £202m on first team players and an astonishing £159m spent exclusively on defenders and goalkeepers, it would appear that Pep Guardiola finally has the right back line and goalie at City.

Guardiola was pleased with his side's dominant display and expects his squad to go from strength to strength as they bed in.

A move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has stalled and Manchester City beat them to the post for Danilo from Real Madrid, while Conte has also indicated that it wasn't his decision to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic to Premier League rivals Manchester United. "I think soon [they will be back] but not for this game", he said.

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"The season that happened wasn't just about what happened in our box. The most important thing was to win the first game". We just made it [a strike-rate of] 60-70% for chances we created and that's poor.

There were some promising signs last season - an opening salvo of 10 straight wins, a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona - but City never found any consistent form.

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. I was confident last season too. If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday.

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But the Catalan said: "I feel the same pressure".

"People say in my first press conference we are favourites".

"City are probably not going to know as much about us as we do about them". Ederson nailed down the number one goalie at Benfica last season, as he helped them reach a fourth consecutive League title. Danilo is a bit more defensive minded than Mendy and Walker but is still very good at keeping possession and holding onto the ball, which will suit City well when they are dominating possession and trying to break down their opponent. The new players that come in they have to adjust to the way we want to play.

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