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For context, the Sportingintelligence website reported that Watford's 50 million-pound summer spending is more than four times that of every Scottish club combined. Instead, many look like hugely expensive punts. "I don't want to injure him, but we need to play hard and after that play on the counter-attack".

"It's going to be tough, very tough". When he is out, as he has been for most of the last few years, City are a mess at the back and nobody's champions. There's a gulf between Albion and City.

Guardiola anticipates that he'll see an improvement in his defence but insists they need to be better at the other end of the pitch too if they are to compete for the Premier League.

But the Belgium worldwide is fit again and, with City yet to sign central defensive reinforcements, he needs to be available as much as possible.

"I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened". We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. Clyne is set to miss the start of the season through injury, so Alexander-Arnold has another chance to make a mark. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent", he continued.

- the record for most promotions to, and most relegations from, the Premier League. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

"The next year I had some offers from overseas and took the step towards Manchester City and had another great year".

"I'm very, very happy". I'm not going to say we are going to play all the season in that system, we are going to play different systems, but the fundamentals will be the same. We are here to win the games and titles.

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".

There is nothing to say that City are done in this transfer window - and you also know that if needs be, in January, City can and will spend money if they need further players to push their Premier League charge. I think we're in for plenty of goals and a decent City win.

Excitement gleams in the faces of our players during their final push before Brighton! If I have to be physical with him, I will.

Manchester City have been installed as early favourites to win a first title under Pep Guardiola, having spent close to £200m in the summer transfer market.

The main problem of the new football season is the absurdity of big-time football: the impossible sums of money, the reckless spending of it, salaries that make your nose bleed from sheer envy, the preposterous self-regard of so numerous players, the self-serving nonsense of the managers.

Last season's defensive frailties continue as City rue not spending £60m to land Virgil van Dijk.

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