Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

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Pep Guardiola promised yesterday that there will be no immediate repeat of this summer's lavish spending at Manchester City.

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.

"So whatever happens at the start of the season - and of course I hope we get off to a flier - we must stay calm and remember that it´s where we are in the table after 38 games that matters, not the first few".

"Six players were out of contract".

Last season was considered an unsuccessful season for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, as they finished in third place in the Premier League, 15 points off the champions Chelsea. "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".

"Looking back, maybe that game made City watch me more often and made them want to buy me".

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season. But then there was in 2008 when we were a League One side, City were newly-crowned the "world´s richest club" already with many star players - and we beat them in the League Cup at our humble Withdean Stadium home.

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His display in the first leg was one the the best any opposition player has delivered at the Etihad in recent seasons, with his ability to retain possession and create chances for his teammates carving City open on a number of occasions. We will change one important player, it depends on who we are going to stay.

He believes that night was a crucial juncture in his career and one of the main reasons he is now a City player.

Despite making such significant investments, Guardiola claimed City have actually saved money by getting the majority of their transfer business done earlier in the close season. In the 34 years since we have experienced highs and very many lows. But I think it is unsustainable.

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.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season. It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

"Manchester United can't be as bad as last season".

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