Man City's Pep Guardiola: I'm not under extra pressure this season

Kevin De Bruyne Christian Eriksen Manchester City Tottenham ICC

Pep Guardiola's revamped Manchester City launch their assault on the 2017-18 Premier League title with a trip to Premier League new boys Brighton.

Guardiola struck a satisfied tone when discussing his raft of fresh full-backs and their ability to have a transformative effect on City's play this season.

Guardiola brought in players like Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Mendy, Walker and Danilo before the season kicks off.

Such expenditure has raised eyebrows in some quarters, but Guardiola insists the expensive revamp of his squad was necessary... We were not able with those players to find a solution.

Unlike the last season - where Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho had entered their first season with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United respectively and were expected to adjust to their new surroundings - this time around there is expected to be little in the way of a learning curve.

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

Jesus joined City last January and then missed 10 weeks with a broken metatarsal and finished the campaign with seven goals from 11 starts.

Guardiola is a huge fan of Foden and has raved about the academy graduate, who has been at City since the age of six, to his coaching staff and friends.

Brighton and Hove Albion - Although in my bottom three, I see this as a great opportunity for Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as he's going to be very busy. "I'm not going to change the way I want to play".

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As of Wednesday evening, Brahim was unsure whether he would be part of the squad travelling to Brighton, or playing for City's Under-23s against Chelsea in Manchester on Friday evening.

I'd be shocked if Virgil van Dijk doesn't go to Liverpool as that's been bubbling away for so long. And comments made by Fernandinho suggest that another left-back could be on the way in. Again I think goals may be a problem for Brighton without many proven Premier League goalscorers in there.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season".

"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.

Brighton have often been a thorn in City's side, including in 2008 when they knocked them out of the Carling Cup. West Ham largely flew under the radar last season, mostly because of a bad home record in its first season at Olympic Stadium.

There's no outstanding favourite and this is the most exciting season. "Sooner or later it's going to finish". They also told me about the city.

Liverpool are hopeful of keeping Phillipe Coutinho at the club and it is likely that they will do so, but the Merseyside club - whose only big-name move was the acquisition of Mohamed Salah - will be another team hoping that existing players such as Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Leroy Sane produce their best consistently if they are to have a shot at the league.

Tottenham, second last season, have not signed a single player yet; instead hoping that their young core will shift gears and perhaps take them to the league.

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