Pep Guardiola hands Mangala chance to rebuild his Manchester City career

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2017

City were many bookmakers' favourites for the title last season but finished 15 points behind champions Chelsea and Guardiola said he gives little attention to such labels and claimed he felt under no more pressure despite a trophyless debut campaign.

To remedy that, the Catalan has overseen a £200million turnaround of City's squad, with Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy revolutionising City's ageing back line.

It has been another strong showing of City's financial muscle but Guardiola insists the club have only paid market rates and such major rebuilding work is a one-off. He said: "If you see the team last season and this season, the four [pre-season] games we played, the fundamentals are the same. We are going to see at the end of the season what happens knowing how hard it is". "Of course, for the next three, four years, Manchester City is going to buy one, two players (each window)".

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season. In fact they rarely played their first game of a season at home because the temporary seating was never installed in time, having always been used at golf's Open Championship a couple of weeks' before each season kicked off.

Huddersfield may have signed 11 players but still I still expect them to have a tough experience along with Brighton.

Diame - who scored six goals in all competitions last season - retired from worldwide football in March.

"I think what will be crucial will be their home form".

'It's going to finish. And he thinks the Premier League will be a good place to prove his skills.

Pep Guardiola hands Mangala chance to rebuild his Manchester City career
Pep Guardiola hands Mangala chance to rebuild his Manchester City career

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan.

"I looked at them towards the end of last season and the forward players they've got is scary".

With plenty of time until deadline day, The Grapevine has the very latest football transfer news from the Premier League's top clubs in our round-up below.

So the Daily Mirror have simulated the 2017/18 season on Football Manager to predict how the campaign will play out - but it's not great reading for Chelsea.

"All the clubs spend a lot of money - not just us".

But Ilkay's comeback is nearly here, and according to Guardiola Gundogan could make his return as early as City's friendly with Girona scheduled for next week, depending on what the doctors say. People say in first press conference we are favourites.

Will Antonio Conte and his Chelsea team retain their title glory for a second season, or will they concentrate on a competition they were left out of last season?

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