Brighton secured a return to the top flight of English football last season after 25 years of absence, and they're starting it with one of the most hard fixtures of the season.
If the France full back lines up alongside new goalkeeper Ederson, right back recruit Kyle Walker, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, the club will have a back-five worth almost 200 million pounds ($260 million). "But we have players and if we can not strengthen the team in these areas, we have players that we trust". So obviously there's no guarantee. Three years without winning a league title equals the longest drought since Sir Alex Ferguson conquered English football, and Mourinho has always enjoyed his greatest success in his second seasons.
"You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play tomorrow", Mourinho said and added, "It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did a year ago was not enough for him".
City also have John Stones and Eliaquim Mangala on their books, giving them four of the most expensive defenders ever, but with total spending in the league having exceeded £900 million, Guardiola is unrepentant. But I am with my new team, my new chapter and I want to do as best as I can. "If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".
However, Pep must show vast improvements on previous year and bring in silverware so that there is no more doubt cast over his ability to play his style in the Premier League.
"I think sooner or later it is going to finish", he said. Leicester City was 12th a year ago after shocking the world by winning the title the previous season, and the squad is listed as a +550 dog with the draw at +350.
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"Okay, some will have the luck to play Tuesday or Wednesday, or Saturday or Sunday, but in the end, the number of matches will be the same for everybody". Ronald Koeman has spent north of £100m and given they've already got two Europa League games under their belt, they should be primed for battle. But we are involved in four competitions. But for the beginning of the season, we lost some important ones too: Rojo, Young, Shaw, Zlatan, players with injuries.
"What I had in other clubs was more players scoring goals, what we had was midfielders, wingers scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces", Mourinho said.
United have spent big once again in their pursuit of more major honours, with well over £100 million invested in Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
"With all respect to the players, last season we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League".