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


He's been given the money, he's bought the players, and he's got a squad that can score bundles and bundles of goals. I'm going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.

If they don't win it, serious questions should be asked of Guardiola.

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But I think he will. Ander Herrera sits in front of him as the engine in midfield, with Pogba given more of a free role to roam forward. But every game is a grind here.

"It's very hard when you see the spending of some clubs in the summer, Manchester United of course and Chelsea who will be right up there".

"I don't think Chelsea missed out on Romelu Lukaku".

Arsenal's defensive record will need to improve if they are to challenge for this season's Premier League.

Ahead of the game, Antonio Conte has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he's given reporters a team news and injury update.

Guardiola's transfer expenditure since his appointment as City head coach now stands at £387.6 million after he bought five players in the close season at a cost of nearly £220 million. Conte might too. He's never won it and has something to prove.

"The group of players we have now are going to stay here for a long time". Morata is a better fit for them. For sure he needs time to understand to adapt to our style of football.

Lukaku's not bright enough to play with Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas. Defending champion Chelsea (+325) and Manchester United (+325) are the closest contenders, before a big drop-off to Tottenham Hotspur (+900). Alexandre Lacazette looks the part but he'd be better with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the same team.

"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton's better players".

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Danilo, who had endured a wretched couple of years at Real Madrid, was added as cover for both, in a move that took Man City's outlay on full-backs to a stunning £130 million.

Spurs earned two points more than champions Chelsea in home games, but were nine worse off than the Blues on the road.

Arsenal are Arsenal, they won't win it.

Tottenham has been faded in the preseason prognostications, mostly on the assumption they will be thrown off due to using Wembley Stadium as a temporary home due to stadium construction. Who had the best window?

But sixth to first is a hell of a jump and although Chelsea made a bigger leap last term their 10th place the season before was a false finishing position.

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Of those, 167 were on target, making Cech far busier than his goalkeeping rivals.

"He has experience in the Premier League and scored a lot of goals at Everton".

You can see it from a mile off sometimes and no-one's being punished.

"But they are for wonderful players, so good luck to them if they can do that". They will have to. I hope that is reflected on the pitch.

"I think if you see the team last season and this season, the four [pre-season] games we played, the fundamentals are the same", he said.