Pep Guardiola Unmoved By Manchester City Favorite Tag

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Guardiola has added five first-team players courtesy of an estimated £200million spending spree in the close-season, overhauling City's defence in particular.

The Frenchman has been a major disappointment since joining City in a £42 million deal in 2014, and spent last season on loan at Valencia.

Lewis Dunk 6.5 - Stood firm at the centre of Brighton's defence for 75 minutes until he powered home an own goal.

Manchester City: Ederson: 7, Kyle Walker: 7, Danilo: 7, Vicent Kompany: 6, John Stones: 6, Nicolas Otamendi: 7, Fernandinho: 7, Kevin de Bruyne: 7, Sergio Aguero: 8, Gabriel Jesus: 7, David Silva: 7.

Unlike the last season - where Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho had entered their first season with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United respectively and were expected to adjust to their new surroundings - this time around there is expected to be little in the way of a learning curve.

"The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now".

"From my experience in Barcelona too, especially against the newly promoted it's always hard". But we have to improve. The Italian came in and took the league by storm, upstaging the more hyped Mourinho and Guardiola along the way as his side finished some distance ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspurs.

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As well as that, City have gone another step further with the signings of Monaco duo Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy who cost over £50m.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: "For 70 minutes we played the game that we had to play".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that the club will not spend like they did this summer again as he looked to overhaul the squad. The Spanish specialist in this summer TO, committed a "purge" in the team, getting rid of the veterans, whose place came: Danilo, Walker, Moraes, as well as former players of Monaco - Silva and Mendi. That is when I am proud.

"From my experience, the first game especially with a new promoted club is always hard, when you have the passion, the fans and no pressure at all but we did it".

"We spoke and I saw how tough the league is last season". Today our box was ideal and in the opponents box we scored two goals but we created more. We need to bring in as much quality as we can. "We got the goal because we were patient". "If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution". "In the market we will see what happens until the end of August". "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

Manchester City's patient approach nearly paid off as De Bruyne found Jesus with a lovely ball with Jesus putting the ball into the net, but it being rightly ruled out for handball.

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