Same manager, same tactics, better players - Guardiola lays out Man City blueprint


Manchester City are most people's favourites for the Premier League title, but their first season under Pep Guardiola was a curious affair.

"Last season at my first press conference", Guardiola told his pre-match press conference. "We are lucky because would be more expensive now".

Defence was the major problem with the Manchester City side a year ago as players couldn't adapt to Peps system.

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones". There's a gulf between Albion and City.

"We needed to do that this summer because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League".

It is always hard at this time of year to separate fact from fiction and it remains to be seen if the 18-year-old would be open to a move away from the principality, but his signing would represent a huge statement that City mean business both domestically and in Europe. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1.

The major priority is going to be winning the Premier League for a start.

According to Spanish radio station Onda Cera, City have made an enquiry following Fernando's departure to Galatasaray. "I was confident then too".

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"Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them". But Guardiola didn't have the impact some had expected and his refusal to adapt to the demands of the Premier League or accept criticism of his team prompted some hostility. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

Watford boss Marco Silva to BBC Sport: "I think it's a fair result". "But, in terms of being something completely different, Philip Foden is the best and the most naturally gifted I've ever seen". I'm going to be courageous and say the game will finish 4-0.

The 20-year-old looks ready for the challenge after scoring 26 goals while on loan at Championship side Bristol City last season.

As he would nearly any team in world football, Busquets could improve the engine room of City's side.

Guardiola seemed unprepared for the rude physicality of English football and was derided for saying he was "not a coach for the tackles" after a one-sided 4-2 defeat at Leicester City. Only Chelsea and Spurs outscored City in the league last season....expect that to be reversed this season.

The west London side have allowed six players to leave Stamford Bridge this summer despite their return to the Champions League in the 2017-18 campaign following a one-season absence.

Looking back 12 months, the 10 straight wins that City recorded from the big kick-off in 2016-17 eventually turned out to represent a false dawn.

But Eyre is keen for any notions of a "Pep protege" to come with some perspective as boyhood City fan Foden makes himself at home among GBP 200m-worth of new signings.