Guardiola admits double injury blow ahead of Brighton clash

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

The Manchester giants are one of the title favourites and have spent £156m this summer, while Hughton guided Brighton to promotion from the Championship last season.

And the Belgian central defender, who will mark his 10th anniversary as a City player later this month, said the aim for the new season for Pep Guardiola's side was simple - to win trophies. Hopefully the work we did last season - when being champions was not possible - we can see it this season because the work is done.

However, United's rivals have also been busy over the summer and the Premier League will see the likes of Alvaro Morata, Alexandre Lacazette, Bernardo Silva and Mohamed Salah play their football in the English top-flight in 2017/18.

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

Across town at Manchester United, Guardiola's old sparring partner Jose Mourinho is also looking to kick on after ending a hard debut season with a silver flourish.

Manchester City will hope Ederson continues with that stance, because, just like with David De Gea when he moved to England, any mistake will be pounced upon to "prove" this young goalkeeper isn't really all he's cracked up to be.

Diame - who scored six goals in all competitions last season - retired from worldwide football in March.

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This will be Guardiola's second season in charge of City, and you get the distinct impression he will have learned a lot from his first season - and that experience will help him become more tactically astute this time around.

"Now I'm ready to go back to this league and show everyone that I'm back". I'll do my best.

However, while Distin supports the signing of players with league familiarity, like Kyle Walker, he admits you never know how long it takes new arrivals to adapt to the Premier League style. "Here when I get the ball, I always have options of passes, so it gets easier".

"We have spent, yes, but all the teams " with the exception of Tottenham " have spent", Guardiola said.

"Keep doing what we've done in the last three games and it should be exciting". When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time'. "If we get on top, we have got to make it count and get the fans right behind us", he added.

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season and we will try to do our best".

He will not be intimidated by the Premier League big guns and has already broken the club's transfer record three times in the close-season in a £35 million spree on Laurent Depoitre, Aaron Mooy and Steve Mounie. My first press conference we were favourites and that hasn't changed. If we do something good this season it's because we were together last season, and we know better, and I know better, and they know me better, and that's why it's easy.

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