Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive

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"It's normal that the players and supporters are going to be celebrating for a period of time, but we have had to come down to reality", Brighton boss Hughton said.

City have been installed as Sky Bet's 7/4 favourites for the title followed by champions Chelsea alongside Manchester United at 7/2 apiece, while Burnley join the top-flight's new boys as the relegation favourites.

Guardiola could start with Jesus and Sergio Aguero up front, given he has used a 3-5-2 set-up for much of pre-season, which suggests Walker and Danilo are to be deployed as wing-backs.

City tied up moves for Bernardo Silva and Ederson before July, with Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo following swiftly after.

With 14 clean sheets and just 29 goals conceded last season, De Gea is sure to do just as well, if not better this campaign.

After under-performing last season, City are genuine title contenders, with many tipping Guardolia's outfit to lift the trophy at the end of the season on the back of some impressive-looking activity in the transfer market.

Diego Costa has his heart set on a return to Atletico Madrid
GETTY Diego Costa has his heart set on a return to Atletico Madrid

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season".

"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to buy full-backs". A starting eleven filled with experience and youth, with prolific players who can create a goal at any time, City will be the most exciting team to watch in the Premier League as well as the most likely to win the League.

He says the club - and football - is very different now: "I think when we were in the top division for four seasons between 1979 and 1983 we were punching above our weight because we had never been there before". 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. Now Neymar. But it's going to finish.

"We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added. Everyone has witnessed the way a Guardiola team can play when Pep has the right players and everyone understands the tactics, as Guardiola has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and has steamrolled the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich three times. "I know it's a big responsibility considering I have become one of the most expensive goalkeepers".

Ederson added that the opportunity to work under Guardiola played a significant role in persuading him to sign for Manchester City. "Players here now are so young and will stay for the future". This summer we had to do that because we had one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League. "But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong".

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