Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

During a challenging introduction to the Premier League last season, Guardiola famously asked: "What is tackles?" "We have to do it as soon as possible and be sharp and ready to play". Guardiola is one of the world's super coaches having delivered trophy after trophy at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, playing some of the most impressive football in the history of the game.

I just see Brighton as a nice place to go for away teams. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time. Will Sergio Aguero play when Pep Guardiola likes Gabriel Jesus? I'm a bit concerned because Antonio Conte's body language is implying he's being pushed to then limit and I think he will be very, very upset, the same as Rafael Benitez.

"Given the transfers, I think what you do is you try to assess nearly a middle market".

Guardiola looks set to hand the youngster his Premier League debut on Saturday as the Citizens travel to Brighton for the opening weekend of the new season.

In spite of City's lavish summer spending, which has seen the club surpass the £220m barrier, Guardiola anticipates a tough start for the new season.

After bolstering their squad, Guardiola's side - who came third last season - have been made favourites to win the title, but the City manager said he could cope with that burden.

Also worth noting that Burnley's away record last season was awful, and their first five away games are at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City, so it will be neon impossible to keep clean sheets in these games. "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites
Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

With Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner signed from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt, Brighton have quickly followed the Premier League trend, creating a multinational squad with a strong European influence.

Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge's Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and worldwide clearance.

Hughton has insisted Brighton must ignore any gulf in financial clout however, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget.

Guardiola says he is pleased to have avoided a fraught transfer scramble close to deadline day by being decisive in the market - but refused to rule out the possibility of more arrivals before the window slams shut at the end of August.

"We probably have to concentrate on the levels that we can affect".

We spent, of course, but all the teams spent - except maybe Tottenham. "If we get on top, we have got to make it count and get the fans right behind us", he said.

"You've got to be able to overcome those hard experiences that are going to come in this league".

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