Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

City are still waiting for Ilkay Gundogan to return to action following his long term knee problem. It's going to be tough for them. In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players. We were not able with those players to find a solution.

"I like to think I understand the offside rule well enough".

"It´s important, but it´s not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start".

"It Begins" was all about City entering football's platinum elite, yet there was a hitch: Chelsea also appointed a pretty decent coach in Antonio Conte, while Mauricio Pochettino was developing an exciting young team at Tottenham, Jurgen Klopp was revitalising Liverpool and Jose Mourinho was back in town - literally - having been appointed as manager at Manchester United.

My opinion may surprise many inside and outside of the game, but it's this: I have found it easier playing Premier League football than that of the Championship. I'm honest in my job. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

However, City, who start their Premier League campaign at promoted Brighton on Saturday, always meant to give Guardiola time to reload and a pre-season spree has put him in position to get it right this time. But I think it is unsustainable.

"We spoke and I saw last season how tough is this league".

The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day
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"But with the quality City have got I would expect them to be very strong title contenders. The market is what it is but sooner or later it is going to finish". That, I believe, is a more realistic appraisal of how close most teams are to the relegation zone and just how tight the bottom half of the Premier League is.

"I heard yesterday or today, Choupo-Moting also came to England". We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.

"If they stay there this year, the confidence they will get from that".

Pep Guardiola has spent over £200m to bring in players including defenders Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker and goalkeeper Ederson. I am backing him to deliver this time around, though.

Further forward, the signing of Bernardo Silva from Monaco will further sharpen City's attacking edge, while the ongoing pursuit of Alexis Sanchez points to Guardiola's determination to have pace, movement and goals throughout his forward line.

Signed for £11 million from Charlton Athletic just eight months ago, the 19-year-old winger quickly caught the eye at Everton with some scintillating displays in his eight league appearances last season.

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