Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

  • Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

After the match, Guardiola spoke about Manchester City's preparation and performance in Saturday's win.

Man City became the latest team to go with the three-man defence trend, with John Stones protected in the middle by the pacier Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi.

Gabriel made an immediate splash upon arriving from Palmeiras in January, scoring three goals in his first two Premier League starts and pushing the Argentina worldwide to the bench.

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are". With so much talent at his disposal, City's players know they have limited time to impress. We will try to improve.

"Last season we were favourites too", said Guardiola.

A year ago City won their first 10 games in all competitions, beginning with a victory at home to Sunderland, yet finished the campaign empty-handed.

"It was always going to be hard for us to score", said Brighton manager Chris Hughton.

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"Like every club that's promoted to the Premier League, it's to finish 17th or higher".

"We needed to do that this summer because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League". Jenas believes that City are favourites but that they must win something with the quality that they have got.

City manager Pep Guardiola will be under pressure from the start after strengthening his squad with five new signings in the transfer window, costing the club some US$286 million. You don't see one player on my team not running.

"There's a huge gulf between the Championship and the top Premier League teams and having watched City in pre-season, they look like they are in the mood for a good start".

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.