Pep Praises New City Signing

Solenn Plantier
Août 12, 2017

City manager Pep Guardiola's decision to spend more than £200 million on five players may be the most astonishing piece of business, but money has been lavished everywhere: Everton and promoted Huddersfield Town both brought in nine new players and most clubs either broke their own transfer records or spent much of the summer trying to do so.

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. Man City failed to win any domestic competitions by losing in the fourth round of the League Cup and failing to make it to the F.A. Cup final by losing in the semis to Arsenal.

Manchester City are not just the favourites on account of how much they have spent, but also because they will put together passages of play that, with the talent they have available, will be hard to stop. Ederson is well known for his exceptional ball playing ability for a goalie and his great reflexes.

Chelsea - The Blues were a powerhouse last season, especially when Antonio Conte changed to a back three - there was simply no looking back.

"Bernardo played his first minutes and he was immediately ready to play".

With a few more weeks left in the transfer window, the answer to this question may well look much different with pending incomings or departures.

The race for Champions League football is hotter than ever with six clubs fighting for those all-important four spots at the top table of European Football, which means there are going to be two unhappy sets of supporters at the end of May. Mendy and Walker's numbers are similar when they are attacking, as Mendy averages 1.5 dribbles and 1 key pass per game, while Walker averages 1.1 dribbles and 1.2 key passes per game.

The 24-year-old scored 25 goals in 36 games in the Premier League last season to finish behind Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane last term.

Lukaku became the second-most expensive in Manchester United's history behind £89m signing Paul Pogba.

City travel to new-boys Brighton, back in the top tier after a 34-year absence, while United host West Ham.

With Lukaku having seemingly been Chelsea's first choice, how the two strikers adapt to leading the line for title contenders is one of the Premier League's most enticing subplots, while Wayne Rooney's return to Goodison Park is one for the romantics.

City players also have had another season and preseason to work on and adapt to life under Pep and adjust to his tactics. Which three teams are headed for the trap door?

From goalkeeper to forwards Manchester City have the best squad in England, as some of their backups could start for a top six side in England.

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