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Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

12 August 2017, 10:55 | Pamela Mathis

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"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday.

The question on every fan's lips at the moment is 'Who will be in the starting XI?' and the Manchester Evening News try to answer that question this morning.

Guardiola will hope goalkeeper Ederson, acquired from Benfica for £34.9 million, is less error prone than Claudio Bravo, whose dismal season was a major factor in City's failed title challenge.

"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different", said Mourinho, ahead of United's Premier League opener against West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday.

"Between the players we have lost and the players we have got, I think we are in a similar situation but with more experience of working together and a much better pre-season".

"Bernardo Silva will have to be content with a place on the bench, and is a great option, along with Raheem Sterling, if City can't find a way through".

"Both are happy to act as a lone centre-forward, but there is no evidence to suggest the duo are incompatible".

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

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Guardiola has admitted such a lacklustre performance would have seen him sacked at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Guardiola could start with Jesus and Sergio Aguero up front, given he has used a 3-5-2 set-up for much of pre-season, which suggests Walker and Danilo are to be deployed as wing-backs.

"The big fail now takes one week in football!" But ultimately it's the manager's decision. We got a central midfielder, a striker, obviously the 25 per cent would be for a player from the sides, but we have players.

"It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did a year ago was not enough for him".

"In my initial analysis, coming from January and through the other months, I was thinking about four players".

We have spent of course, but all the teams have spent.

"There will be some tough days, particularly away from home, but we must go into the season with confidence and no fear".

"But if we cannot strengthen the team in this area, we have players we can trust".



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