Guardiola will lead Manchester City to the Premier League title - Henry

Solenn Plantier
Août 11, 2017

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season. Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus should be utilised by Pep Guardiola this season.

Rattled by a chastening first season in England, Pep Guardiola has gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to fashion Manchester City into Premier League champions.

Many pundits have made City their preseason favourites but, ahead of their Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday, Guardiola does not feel under any more strain to deliver silverware.

"I go with the same prediction as a year ago because I don't think Pep will accept having another season like that, he is not used to that".

Last season was the first time in his managerial career that he finished a campaign without having added at least one trophy to his collection. The big failure now takes one week in football.

City have spent more than £200million on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign.

"People say in the first news conference we are favourites".

"We saw how hard it was for him to get used to losing, it was an unknown territory for him, not easy to deal with, he dealt with it in a certain way, so I go with Man City". "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is".

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros).

Four of those new players cost more than £40m but that pales into insignificance compared to the €222m (£197m) Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.

The City boss says that transfer fees can not continue to grow at the current case and expects them to level off at some point. But I think it is unsustainable. Sooner or later it's going to finish. "For example, hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

"We bought three and the market is so demanding right now, for all the teams around the world, not just for Manchester City". But not what happened this summer.

"They have top players, but it is just 11 v 11 on the pitch and we need them to be uncomfortable", the Spaniard told the club's website. We were not able with those players to find a solution.

"The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time". In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs.

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