Guardiola returns to Man City drawing board

Solenn Plantier
Août 12, 2017

Chelsea also make their return to the Champions League this term having failed to make the cut a year ago, and many are questioning if their threadbare squad can handle the burden of challenging for both domestic and European honours.

City dropped 17 points in the Premier League at home last season and finished third behind champions Chelsea and Tottenham.

"They are all great people and good friends".

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the team is comfortable with the switch to three at the back as they have quality players who are very adaptable, the centre back said.

"If I was reincarnated as a player, I'd like to be like him".

"The club know you can affect in a positive way the structure, you can affect in a positive way the people that work around you". Since then, we've had Chelsea, Man Utd again, Manchester City, Man Utd once more, Manchester City, Chelsea, Leicester City and then Chelsea.

United's signings have been thoroughly in keeping with Mourinho's pragmatic approach to the game, the Portuguese having galvanised his squad with extra height and muscle.

"Spending money doesn't guarantee it, but Man City weren't that far away last season and right now they're the team to beat".

Lukaku, 24, has scored 87 goals for Everton over the past four seasons, statistics that moved United to sanction a £75 million (RM419 million) acquisition. It is time for a real culture change in the club, or they will be playing Europa league football for a while.

Warning his players not to rest on their laurels, Conte said: "We know the next season will be tough".

"I've been waiting for this opportunity".

"There's still time, but Ross Barkley wouldn't be a significant signing for me".

With Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney no longer around, there is pressure on Paul Pogba to establish himself as the team's leader after blowing hot and cold in his first season following his return from Juventus.

Chelsea made an inauspicious start to the season on Sunday as Courtois and Morata squandered spot-kicks to hand Arsenal victory on penalties in the Community Shield.

Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger's 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club's support.

"Which means I've got Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs outside the Champions League places".

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