Pep Guardiola: Manchester City will never spend this much on transfers again

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 12, 2017

Time and again the space behind City's ageing wide defenders was exposed last term, their exhausted legs leaving gaps that were exploited, most notably, by a rampant Leicester City in a 4-2 demolition in December.

Pep Guardiola promised Manchester City would rein in its unprecedented levels of spending after overseeing an outlay of approaching $500 million in his first year in charge. Alexandre Lacazette looks the part but he'd be better with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the same team.

A year ago, the buzz around the Premier League was focused on the arrival in Manchester of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho as managers of City and United.

"It's going to be tough, very tough".

Manchester United's opening six matches are against West Ham, Swansea City, Leicester City, Stoke City, Everton and Southampton and a strong start is a must for Mourinho and his men. There's a gulf between Albion and City.

There has been much debate over whether Sergio Aguero is Pep Guardiola's man up front but he still managed 20 goals in 31 Premier League starts a year ago and looks the number one option going into the new season. We got a central midfielder, a striker, obviously the 25% would be for a player from the sides, but we have players. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Costa's fellow Spain worldwide striker Alvaro Morata have been brought in but compared to their rivals, and bearing in mind there's a Champions League campaign to cope with, many players have been allowed to leave and Chelsea's squad looks threadbare. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal. We did it together with a great team, great passion and a great coach. The English Premier League calendar begins on Friday, and the fun won't stop until a champion is crowned next May. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

I mean, if Liverpool can't find someone to get more goals than Coutinho did a year ago for less than £100m the game's gone!

"If we can keep (captain) Vincent Kompany fit and in the team alongside the new signings, then I think we have everything ready for a very successful 2017/18 campaign".

"The group of players we have now are going to stay here for a long time".

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added.

"We have to put ourselves in a position in the Premier League that allows us to fight for the title", said Mourinho, previewing a season where he thinks an improved attack that turns draws into wins will ultimately be the key to United competing at the top again. "I've scored 15 or 16 goals and I've lifted titles and other strikers have scored 35 and haven't won anything".

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