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The Premier League 2017-18
13 Agosto 2017, 03:13 | Cornelio Vivanco
Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree
In his first press conference of the new season ahead of tomorrow's opener against Brighton, Pep Guardiola confirmed that there will be more transfers before the window shuts in 20 days.
Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola claimed it was necessary to reinvigorate City's ageing squad but he will only seek to add one or two new faces in forthcoming seasons.
Where the Manchester clubs have spent upwards of 200 million pounds on their teams, Chelsea - who have a small squad as it is - have brought in just Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, both talented players but unaccustomed to the rigours of the Premier League.
Defensively Guardiola has gone out on the front foot to improve his fullback options with the signings of Danilo (Real Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco) and Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) - spending well over £100 million for the trio.
AS a Manchester City fan, I'm still not 100 per cent used to feeling positive going into a new season.
"I am old enough to remember the last (and only) time we were in the old First Division, from 1979 to 1983".
Wilfried Zaha is a player who often shows glimpses of his enormous quality but will want to showcase his talent more evidently this campaign as he seeks more consistency and goals in his game. "The market is what it is but sooner or later it is going to finish".
If Phil Foden's Premier League debut arrives over the coming weeks, do not expect Manchester City's diminutive 17-year-old midfielder to be intimidated by the prospect of tangling with older men and bigger physical specimens. Add that to some of the best attacking play in the league, a much more settled defence and a goalkeeper in Ederson who can stop shots by getting off his line aggressively, it bodes well for the new season.
"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible". But I think it is unsustainable. For the first time in 20 years, Arsene Wenger's side will be missing from the Champions League as a effect of its fifth-place Premier League finish. "We are here to win the games and titles". That was not going to stop the Spaniard from further adding to his backline though as barely a week later, the Manchester club forked out nearly as much for highly-rated Monaco defenderBenjamin Mendy. After a failed spell at Chelsea, it will be interesting to see if the Premier League will be kind to him for the second time.
That's all for now, we'll be back around 2:30PM (UK time) to round-up on the day's events so far and get stuck into the 3PM fixtures!
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"It was the proposal they presented me, this is a club with big ambition to win trophies this season".
"It's not like we're going into the unknown but it will be a tough challenge this season".
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