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11 Agosto 2017, 05:40 | Cornelio Vivanco


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The coup of luring Pep Guardiola to the Etihad Stadium was supposed to herald an era of success for Manchester City but the Spanish tactician now knows exactly why the Premier League is so tough to win. But at the beginning of a league, these six teams have an equal shot.

Diego Costa, the club's top scorer in the last three campaigns, wants away after being told he does not feature in Conte's long-term plans, while the manager himself has cut a disgruntled figure in pre-season having openly criticised the club's transfer policy.

Doubts may preside over the Belgian international's ability to make a consistent impact in the games that matter most but he has no trouble putting the less glamorous sides to bed, especially on home soil. Fellow Southerners Watford also caused a few upsets earlier in the season in beating Jose Mourinho's Man United in September and Arsenal in January.

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The Citizens have so many weapons up top, however, it might not even matter if De Bruyne has a disappointing season.

It was a season's end that represented the start of a long period of instability for both clubs, with Brighton nearly going out of the league altogether in 2006 and City hitting the unthinkable low of third division football in 1998.

In the olden days, City fans would have known exactly what to think about a matchup involving such evident inequality: an nearly certain defeat.

Gabriel Jesus' arrival last January alone caused enough headlines and murmurings about Sergio Aguero's future. No longer holding the title of "World's Most Expensive Player" - thanks to Neymar - and being able to string passes to his good friend Lukaku should alleviate some of the pressure on the Frenchman. If things aren't going well, it tends to affect the players.

The deal also includes Premier League and FA Cup games as well as the Ashes series in Australia. With an improved supporting cast around him at Old Trafford, there's no reason he can't continue netting goals in droves and give United that extra edge that kept them from competing for a title last season.

Sancho had been lined up to join Foden and Brahim in the USA but was left behind after making it clear he wanted to leave the club due to a perceived lack of first-team opportunities. That is of course, provided, they don't buckle in the big matches in December, and around the Round-of-16 and quarter finals ties of the UCL.

PREMIER LEAGUE new boys Brighton officially hit the big time when they kick their season off against Manchester City. Needless to say, the next 10 months will be crucial for Guardiola and it wouldn't be an understatement to say that his neck and reputation will be on the line if he repeats the previous season's showing.

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