Money no object for City, but Guardiola must deliver

Money no object for City, but Guardiola must deliver

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.

Guardiola will travel to Brighton with new signings Bernardo Silva, Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker and Danilo, although Benjamin Mendy is still working his way back to fitness after a thigh injury.

Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City's current spending levels are "unsustainable" and insists this summer's record-breaking splurge is just a one-off.

"With all respect to the players, last season we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League".

Like last season, there is still a bit of uncertainty in defence, especially when Vincent Kompany is not there, as we've seen some improvements after his return at the end of last season.

"The last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full backs".

Guardiola's transfer expenditure since his appointment as City head coach now stands at £387.6 million after he bought five players in the close season at a cost of nearly £220 million.

Impending club record signing Jose Izquierdo is to undergo a medical and will hope to obtain global clearance in time to join up with his new teammates for the game. "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".

Bills acquire WR Jordan Matthews and draft pick from Eagles
The Birds will hope to get that kind of production now from Nelson Agholor, who will likely take over Matthews' role in the slot. And with just one year left on his rookie deal, the odds were that Matthews time in Philly would not last much longer.

But Guardiola's summer spending is not complete, although he concedes Manchester City will not approach future transfer windows the same way. Our fans really get behind us and they're going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more. "Sooner or later it's going to finish", he said.

Playing three at the back may enable Guardiola to associate Aguero and Jesus in attack, after he generally used a single-striker system last season following Jesus's arrival in January.

Mendy also struggled with injuries last season but still managed to make 25 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco as Leonardo Jardim's side won France's top flight, contributing five assists.

I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived.

City are overwhelming favourites to win the match and it will be important for them to respect Brighton as they try to take three points.

Guardiola seemed unprepared for the rude physicality of English football and was derided for saying he was "not a coach for the tackles" after a one-sided 4-2 defeat at Leicester City. The first four, five, six games are so complicated, especially away.

"From my experience, in the beginning of the season the new teams are the toughest ones", he added.

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