Guardiola unmoved by Manchester City favourite tag

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the club is not done with its spending spree and vowed to "buy one, two, maybe three players" over the next few years.

City's first choice XI is pretty much impossible to predict right now (but we're going to have a go anyway) and we'll also take a look at how the team might set out by the time the window shuts at the end of August.

To remedy that, the Catalan has overseen a £200million turnaround of City's squad, with Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy revolutionising City's ageing back line.

City's playing staff has undergone a massive overhaul over the last two summer transfer windows after Guardiola took over one of the oldest squads in Europe.

"It is going to finish, it is unsustainable", Guardiola said Friday, a day before the start of the Premier League season.

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed".

"The last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full backs".

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While it might seem insane Guardiola is thinking of adding any more to the midfield and attack, there are two high-profile players linked with the club in those positions.

"If we do something good this season it's because we were together last season, and we know better, and I know better, and they know me better, and that's why it's easy".

"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. The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24. "I know it's a big responsibility considering I have become one of the most expensive goalkeepers. But we try to win the game".

"Last season we were [favourites] too and we finished 15 points behind [Chelsea]", Guardiola told a news conference.

It's a big day for Brighton after they were promoted from the Championship last season, impressive throughout and finishing in second after being pipped to the title by Newcastle United.

"I am looking forward to play in the Premier League for one of the best teams in England and I will do my best to help the team achieve their goals". I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived. We have to deal with that and handle that. It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.

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