Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge's Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and worldwide clearance. "If they're going to compete for the title, (splurging is) what you've got to do these days". I hope I can prove I'm just as good as them. The odds are against us staying up.
City has spent about 200 million pounds ($260 million) this offseason, mostly on full backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, to follow on from about 170 million ($207 million) last summer.
Brighton have been busy in the transfer market themselves since securing promotion from the Championship after two excellent seasons for Chris Hughton's team.
Bruno, 36, also praised City manager and compatriot Pep Guardiola, who won 21 trophies in seven years while in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich before arriving at City ahead of last season. "Of course, for the next three, four years, Manchester City is going to buy one, two players (each window)".
"We bought three and the market is so demanding right now, for all the teams around the world, not just for Manchester City".
"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we made a decision to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he told reporters today.More news: Morocco confirms bid to host the 2026 World Cup
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Four of those new players cost more than £40m but that pales into insignificance compared to the €222m (£197m) Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.
Guardiola also said he was happy to have dynamic fullbacks in Walker, Mendy and Danilo to fulfil the demands he places on his wide defenders.
"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now it would be so much more expensive with what has happened in the last weeks".
"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed".
He writes: "The opening day of the season remains one where surprises often occur, especially in the games involving the relatively unknown quantities of the newly promoted sides, but all eyes will be on Guardiola's side to make a start that confirms their position as one of the favourites for the title this season".
"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained.
He said: "Last season we were favourites too and finished 15 points behind and, from my experience as a manager, always in the beginning of the season, the new teams are the toughest ones". Every game is a battle.