"Of course we tried to buy good defenders to defend the duels, good situations".
"It's the same pressure as I had last season".
"I fancy Manchester City to win the league, they look irresistible on the attack and playing against a Brighton side in front of an expectant home crowd, the Seagulls will have to have a go, playing into City's hands".
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"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added.
Ederson is now expected to step in as Pep Guardiola's first-choice 'keeper at City following Claudio Bravo's underwhelming debut season, for which he was widely criticised by fans and pundits alike. We just made it [a strike-rate of] 60-70% for chances we created and that's poor. We are here to win the games and titles.
As for Brighton, manager Chris Hughton is confident his side can hold their own in the Premier League by targeting "middle market" signings while the big clubs flex their financial muscle. The second week the people want a new [manager] for the next games.
City still appears too dependent on Vincent Kompany, its injury-prone center back and captain, while a new holding midfielder to replace 34-year-old Yaya Toure will probably be Guardiola's priority next summer. If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution. I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived.
"We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years". We have to deal with that and handle that. He said: "If you see the team last season and this season, the four [pre-season] games we played, the fundamentals are the same". Hopefully the work we did last season - when being champions was not possible - we can see it this season because the work is done. I hope I can prove I'm just as good as them.