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Doug Mendoza
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"Normally the second season should be better than the first, but again, this is modern football".

"There won't be too many betting shops throughout the country that would put us outside the bottom three".

"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to".

"It's not like we're going into the unknown but it will be a tough challenge this season".

Meanwhile, Guardiola claims there will be no immediate repeat of this summer's lavish spending at Manchester City.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Nedum Onuoha, Joey Barton, Daniel Sturridge and Kieran Trippier were among a clutch of players to roll off Cassell's production line, one that kept City afloat on and - in the case of Wright-Phillips' GBP 21 million move to Chelsea in 2005 - off the field in the pre-Sheikh Mansour years.

Watford boss Marco Silva to BBC Sport: "I think it's a fair result". We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. They recently signed full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy to shore up their defense, which was their weakest area last season. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

"I hope both of us can help the team and I'm sure both of us are going to be ready to play". "We don't want to come away from any games with any regrets".

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I think he's capable of dropping deep or playing in an old-fashioned midfield two but he can get further forward and I expect him to be more effective this year.

Brighton are now third in the Premier League table, thanks to alphabetical order.

What To Expect: Since winning entry to the top tier they've set about strengthening their squad with ten new players moving to the club, including Aaron Mooy, Tom Ince and Steve Mounie. The young forward failed to break into the Man City first team, but at Leicester, could thrive with more game time.

Guardiola's reputation as a champion of both youth and midfield stylists from his time at Barcelona means player and manager could be coming together at an ideal time. "But, in terms of being something completely different, Philip Foden is the best and the most naturally gifted I've ever seen". I feel the same pressure. "I'm just there to enjoy it and win trophies and that is what I want".

"He's spent in excess of £70m on two right-backs, so he could change to play three at the back".

The 2016-17 Premier League followed a season that had a finish that took the football world by surprise and gave the League one of its most enterprising and underdog stories.

But with City running out of time to sign a fourth-choice centre-back to replace Aleksandar Kolarov, Mangala may yet earn a reprieve.

"I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far".

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season".

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