Man City without injured duo for Brighton trip

Solenn Plantier
Août 12, 2017

Brighton had a formidable home record in England's second tier last season, the best in the Championship, but this is a big step up in class. The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at Valencia.

Guardiola has moved to improve the defence over the summer by signing the full-backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo.

With Man City spending around £202m on first team players and an astonishing £159m spent exclusively on defenders and goalkeepers, it would appear that Pep Guardiola finally has the right back line and goalie at City. Intelligent players don't need time to be involved in the way we want to play.

While City are still open to offers for him, Guardiola is involving Mangala with the first-team squad and the France defender could yet stay at the club. "I think soon [they will be back] but not for this game", he said. "But the season that just happened wasn't just about what happened in our box".

"Ultimately [we have] a lot of positive things to take from this game and we kind of built on the pre-season we had". We won 10 games in a row.

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. I was confident last season too. I'm honest in my job. If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution.

But the Catalan said: "I feel the same pressure". People say in first press conference we are favourites.

"We know from working in pre-season on the training pitch what our game plan is going to be in most games".

On the change between life under Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, he added: "It's different".

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we made a decision to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he told reporters today.

City's Arab billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour has invested more than 200 million pounds in new players during the close-season adding to their already impressive attacking options and upgrading their identified "weak spots" at full-back and goalkeeper.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained. Danilo is a bit more defensive minded than Mendy and Walker but is still very good at keeping possession and holding onto the ball, which will suit City well when they are dominating possession and trying to break down their opponent.

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