Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree

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City manager Pep Guardiola will be under pressure from the start after strengthening his squad with five new signings in the transfer window, costing the club some $286 million.

"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do". "There are very few squads in Europe that can compete with their options going forward". As the original superstar Premier League goalkeeper, the Danish legend was instrumental in Manchester United's five league title wins (and the rest) in his time at Old Trafford. There's a gulf between Albion and City.

They open their first ever Premier League campaign by hosting Manchester City on Saturday.

I just think Manchester City have strengthened in all the right areas where they needed to. Perhaps we've got to ensure that all our players give their all and hope that City are off-colour, but it can happen that way.

I expect him to make them a footballing side, but they will need to get off to a good start because I don't think they'll have the aggression to get themselves back into it if they do not. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. It means he can freely switch formations from 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 this season, depending on injuries and opponents.

First managerial casualty: It felt like Slaven Bilic survived at West Ham by the skin of his teeth past year, so even a slightly iffy start to proceedings this time out might just put paid to him within the first couple of months. "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens knowing how hard it is".

Mohamed Diame turned his back on the Premier League a year ago.

Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree
Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree

Against that backdrop, it would be a managerial masterstroke if Hughton can emulate Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe by keeping another modest club from England's sleepy south coast in the top flight.

The Seagulls host Manchester City in their first top-flight match for 34 years this afternoon and Hughton is urging his players to be ready for the tough challenge that lies ahead.

"So if they manage to sort that then definitely they will be a contender". We won 10 games in a row.

"Despite the £156.2m spend to rebuild the defence, the question remains: how much of the nitty-gritty of preventing goals will City's rearguard be able to do?" says Jackson.

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones".

"Last season we showed our potential and certain style so now the only way to have success is to win trophies and be better than the other teams", said Kompany.

If Tottenham were playing at White Hart Lane I'd have them as champions. I considered throwing in Burnley but they made a fool me last season and I'm going to put faith in Sean Dyche's ability, but if they repeat their away form then they'll struggle.