Pep Guardiola - Manchester City squad won't need big changes in future

Steven Gerrard sends message to Chelsea fans about summer transfers

Against that backdrop, it would be a managerial masterstroke if Hughton can emulate Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe by keeping another modest club from England's sleepy south coast in the top flight.

Pep Guardiola's second season in charge of Manchester City will end in a Premier League title triumph, according to Thierry Henry.

"We need something more, a little something extra" - Pep Guardiola, after the West Ham friendly.

Defence was the major problem with the Manchester City side previous year as players couldn't adapt to Peps system.

"It's not like we're going into the unknown but it will be a tough challenge this season".

Spanish publication Sport have reported that Sergio Busquets is the subject of interest from Manchester City. There's a gulf between Albion and City.

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

It is always hard at this time of year to separate fact from fiction and it remains to be seen if the 18-year-old would be open to a move away from the principality, but his signing would represent a huge statement that City mean business both domestically and in Europe. "But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong". The most predictable, however, is the 3-5-2 and the 4-2-3-1/4-3-3. It's important to start well and start winning. That is a way of getting past Aguero's lack of pressing from the front, and provides width from the new wing-backs, although it does leave no obvious role for last year's star Leroy Sane.

We just made it [a strike-rate of] 60-70% for chances we created and that's poor. "I was confident then too".

I'd be shocked if City didn't win the league this year. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

"We are going to play different systems, but the fundamentals will be the same". We had a very good first half, a good intensity like I wanted.

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable". There is no doubt that Brighton are one of the more attractive sides to watch but they'll have to certainly up their game to survive in Premier League.

It's unlikely that City will consider bringing Jason Denayer back into the first-team fold, however. In my opinion, he could be one of the best players in the world one day. With both sides in the relegation area and Brighton preparing for a first-ever FA Cup final against Manchester United, they had plenty on their respective plates.

Guardiola added Bernado Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Ederson to his squad having finished 15 points adrift of Chelsea who won the title last season.

But with City running out of time to sign a fourth-choice centre-back to replace Aleksandar Kolarov, Mangala may yet earn a reprieve.

"Hopefully Mike can keep his word and we can do what we want to do", he said.

John Stones looked shaky following his big-money move from Everton and Guardiola's dissatisfaction with his full-back options saw midfielders Fernandinho and Jesus Navas deployed in the wide defensive positions.

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