Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive

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Guardiola says he is pleased to have avoided a fraught transfer scramble close to deadline day by being decisive in the market - but refused to rule out the possibility of more arrivals before the window slams shut at the end of August.

"We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is".

City's Football was, occasionally, dazzling and they were only outscored by champions Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but finding an effective defensive configuration gave Guardiola a constant headache.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros).

"If you see in the first games [last season] against Sunderland and especially against Steaua Bucharest, between last season and now, it's completely the same".

City have spent more than £200million on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign.

"We needed to do that this summer because we have one of the oldest teams in Europe".

"The last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full backs".

But during a press conference on Friday ahead of their season's opener, Guardiola said: "Last season we were favourites too and we finished 15 points behind".

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"I would like in three or four passes to score a goal, but sometimes it's not possible and you have to move them [the opposition] a little bit more, and because our strikers are not Peter Crouch, our strikers are completely different, they are not strong in the air". Sooner or later it's going to finish.

Also worth noting that Burnley's away record last season was terrible, and their first five away games are at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City, so it will be neon impossible to keep clean sheets in these games.

"I will do my best like I did last season".

"We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added.

"I am lucky because I used to play under Pep at Barcelona and I know what he wants".

"The big fail now takes one week in football!"

He's probably priced up like that because the bookmakers think that Pep doesn't fancy him and that he won't play all the time but, as long as he stays fit, he'll be up there. "Players here now are so young and will stay for the future".

They'll also face the Merseyside teams both at home, sandwiching their third tie away to Bournemouth and then away to Watford - a side with which they concluded their last campaign. "But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong".

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