Pep Guardiola : Big-spending manager leads chase of Chelsea

Pep Guardiola : Big-spending manager leads chase of Chelsea

Pep Guardiola claims there will be no immediate repeat of this summer's lavish spending at Manchester City.

All three have the pace to change defence into attack quickly, something City lacked in the full-back positions last season.

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect".

Four of the last five fights, "Manchester City" won with a difference of more than one goal. The principle is: if we have the ball we are going to press.

Townsend's old employers Chelsea are the defending champions and he thinks it likely the forthcoming title race will be a showdown between them, Manchester City and Manchester United.

City were woeful on the road that season and that match set the tone for what would be a year of frustrating performances, as then-manager Mark Hughes struggled to get to grips with the job. The most predictable, however, is the 3-5-2 and the 4-2-3-1/4-3-3.

"It's important, but it's not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start". Pep Guardiola has a vacancy in his squad for a holding midfielder following the departure of Fernando, who left the club this week to join Galatasaray.

"All the clubs spend a lot of money - not just us". "I'm confident he will".

"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well", said Hughton.

FANS up and down the country will be eagerly awaiting the Premier League kick-off this weekend, writes John Dolan. "We don't want to come away from any games with any regrets".

While in charge at Bayern Munich he was rarely challenged, but there appears to be four or five teams that could scoop the top prize in England at present. If the club decides he is not able, we are going to take a solution.

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".

Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town are the fresh-faced newcomers in the Premier League this season, while Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United return after a term in the Championship.

Swansea boss Paul Clement beat off several other top-flight sides to land Abraham and he expects the move to pay rich dividends as the youngster aims to prove he has a long-term future at Chelsea.

That impressive burst of productivity convinced City manager Pep Guardiola to select the Brazil forward at the expense of Eastlands icon Sergio Aguero at times. With both sides in the relegation area and Brighton preparing for a first-ever FA Cup final against Manchester United, they had plenty on their respective plates.

City had one of the oldest squads in the Premier League last season with an average age of 28.9 years. I always cheer for him.

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