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Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

12 Août 2017

With Man City spending around £202m on first team players and an astonishing £159m spent exclusively on defenders and goalkeepers, it would appear that Pep Guardiola finally has the right back line and goalie at City.

Many pundits have made City their preseason favourites but, ahead of their Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday, Guardiola does not feel under any more strain to deliver silverware. The Argentinian bagged 20 league goals in 31 appearances last season, winning Guardiola over with some stunning late form, while Dunk was named in the Championship team of the year. Ederson nailed down the number one goalie at Benfica last season, as he helped them reach a fourth consecutive League title.

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. Mendy and Walker's numbers are similar when they are attacking, as Mendy averages 1.5 dribbles and 1 key pass per game, while Walker averages 1.1 dribbles and 1.2 key passes per game. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time. "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far". I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League.

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Guardiola confirmed Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan are recovering well but neither would be available for selection for City's weekend clash at the Amex Stadium. However they have stepped up from their finishing their tour with their wins over Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, before heading to Iceland to take on West Ham United. Manchester is a bit different from the city I used to live in - it's colder! "Since I started playing regularly in the Bundesliga it all happened so fast". In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs.

It's the newboys versus the heavyweights as Chris Hughton's team go up against the two-time Premier League champions. That won't matter too much, as they now have Premier League football to enjoy. For City it's just trying to gel everyone together, understand the tactics, and avoid injuries.

City have spent more than £200million rebuilding their squad over the summer after an underwhelming and trophy-less 2016-17 campaign.