Guardiola reveals potential return date for £20m star midfielder

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Now we get to the strangest one of the lot: perhaps the most remarkable top-flight season in English football. After signing a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the England under-21 worldwide has headed out on loan again to Swansea to gain Premier League experience.

Liverpool have brought in speedy Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma and Scotland full back Andy Robertson from Hull but have not made the kind of acquisitions that would transform their chances of a first title in the Premier League era. "In tumultuous circumstances, Luton pulled off the great escape with an infamous 84th minute victor from Radomir Antic, thus relegating City alongside Brighton".

His presence has always made the Reds a unsafe side going forward, especially on the counter. It's going to be a very tough opening game, but we have to play them at some stage.

"If I was reincarnated as a player, I'd like to be like him". The Blues will put behind their defeat on penalty shootout in the Community Shield last weekend by Arsenal.

Antonio Conte proved it last season at Chelsea with his pragmatic 3-5-2 formation and it looks like Guardiola has learnt the lesson ahead of his second season in Manchester.

The 46-year-old manager was keen on landing the 29-year-old last season, but no deal materialised.

Are you happy with ownership? Chelsea won the Premier League title, conceded just 33 goals last season and responded by buying a defensive midfielder and a centre-half. They seemed overawed by the atmosphere and the pitch seemed too big for their high-pressing to work. Another good question that can be answered in the match against Brighton is does Aguero play the majority of matches including the matches against the top 6 or does Jesus start up top against the lesser teams and plays with Aguero against the top 6 teams giving Manchester City an added attacking threat.

The Citizens have so many weapons up top, however, it might not even matter if De Bruyne has a disappointing season.

Will Guardiola and Mourinho rediscover their magic?

Sane, who cost City a reported fee that could rise to £46.5million, scored five goals in the Premier League as City ended Pep Guardiola's first season in charge without a trophy.

Barcelona are however thought to be relaxed about the future of both of their stars.

Logically, he should have expected 100pc backing from his owner and those around him at the club but the moment I saw that he had been given a wage rise but not a contract extension I knew that anything was possible at Stamford Bridge.

How big a role will the dark-horses play?

Many supporters were left with the impression of Crespo as a talented striker who failed to adjust to life in England, but he insists that his desire to stay and win at Chelsea was overridden by personal tragedy.

The Red Devils must now dust themselves down as they prepare for their Premier League opener against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

"Not just in games, but also in the way they train". These surprises and the subsequent dropping of vital points against the lesser clubs cost the established sides.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is looking for new players but, as Chelsea and Leicester showed in the past two campaigns, there are benefits to having a consistent line-up.