Pep Guardiola says he is not under any greater pressure after finishing his first season at Manchester City without a trophy. Back in 1979 I missed Brighton's first game in the First Division against Arsenal because I was on holiday (blame the parents for that one as I was only 11 at the time!); this time I will miss the Manchester City game because I am on a family holiday (my fault this time but I wasn't even thinking of the Premier League when we booked it a year ago!).
"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season".
Guardiola's transfer expenditure since his appointment as City head coach now stands at £387.6 million after he bought five players in the close season at a cost of nearly £220 million.
There should not be any shoehorning of players into unfamiliar roles this season after Guardiola signed three top-level full-backs - Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo - at a combined cost of around $161 million.
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Brighton have spent a record £5 million on goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and early indications are he will be a more than capable replacement for David Stockdale. "He's a little bit behind on fitness probably, which is normal and we'll need him at the right time". "The market is what it is but sooner or later it is going to finish".
Mendy also struggled with injuries last season but still managed to make 25 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco as Leonardo Jardim's side won France's top flight, contributing five assists.
Or Jesus to save your season at Man City? "But we try to win the game".
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany during the press conference at City Football Academy in Manchester on September 14, 2016. Every game is a battle, especially with the teams who arrive in the first four, five or six games - they are so complicated, especially away.
By having the most successful summer of any Premier League team, adding to their already talented squad, filling up holes left in the squad, and dominating preseason, City should not only be the favorite to win the League, but also a serious contender for the Champions League.
After finishing third last season, Guardiola is hopeful a younger team can mount a stronger title challenge but insists he does not feel under any additional pressure to win the Premier League this term.