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.
Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit.
New Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross created the most goalscoring chances in the German Bundesliga last season (98) while plying his trade for FC Ingolstadt 04. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time. The Arsenalmanager should have left after winning the FA Cup at the end of last season. "We have to do it as soon as possible and be sharp and ready to play".
The buzz may have gone but the biggest question before the coming season remains whether two of the highest-profile managers in the world can deliver on all the hype surrounding them. Kyle Walker, signed from Spurs, and France global Benjamin Mendy will improve their fullback positions, a key position in Guardiola's playbook.
The most important addition is the pair of fast new full-backs, Benjamin Mendy of Monaco and Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur, for a combined fee of more than £100m.
Jose Izquierdo is unlikely to receive his global clearance in time to make his Brighton bow in their Premier League debut against Manchester City on Saturday.
Morata contributed 15 LaLiga goals despite starting only 14 league games for Madrid last season and Chelsea need him to make an immediate impact, with star man Eden Hazard out for the opening weeks as he recovers from an ankle injury.
More defensive recruits would help the team be more resistant to conceding goals, which was a major pitfall throughout past year. There is no doubt that anything short of the title this season will be unsatisfying, after all the heavy involvement in the transfer market.
Chris Slater is one of three journalists to have their say and he remarks: "Three at the back has worked remarkably well for Pep Guardiola during pre-season".
Brighton are now third in the Premier League table, thanks to alphabetical order. We tried to make it a young squad and we did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now in the last weeks.
Indeed, the major transfer activity on Merseyside has been conducted by Everton, who hope their investments, along with the return of Wayne Rooney, can help them break into the top six.
The French worldwide may be the real deal - a partnership with Alexis Sanchez is anticipated to be one of the deadliest counter duos in the premier league. This as a result of their goalkeeping reinforcement and their more electric sidelines as it appears.
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