Pep Guardiola claims Premier League spending is 'unsustainable'

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There have been five major new signings in Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Danilo, and further additions have not been ruled out.

Bernardo Silva is also a doubt after he was given extended leave after appearing at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Jonathan Pearce: "Living 10 minutes away from the Amex Stadium, I've witnessed at close hand the Sussex buzz since promotion".

Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise and his side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions.

"Anthony Knockaert needs to be fit and flying as soon as possible".

Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit.

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

"We feel ready because we've been at a good level but we have nothing to show for it at the moment", said City captain Vincent Kompany.

"We know from working in pre-season on the training pitch what our game plan is going to be in most games".

"Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them".

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Guardiola looks set to hand the youngster his Premier League debut on Saturday as the Citizens travel to Brighton for the opening weekend of the new season.

Curiously, Brighton's last home game in the top division of English football was against City in 1983.

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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.

By contrast, 2016-17 was a magical year for Brighton.

New signing Pascal Gross created an unrivalled 98 chances in the Bundesliga last season, although he ended with just four assists as Ingolstadt were relegated.

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. The Argentine has scored against 29 of the other 30 clubs he's played against, only failing to score versus Bolton Wanderers.

However, the argument can be made that Man City should be made title favorites this season, as they have completed multiple tasks this summer and have done the most upgrading out of any of the top six clubs in England.

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