Man City's Pep Guardiola: I'm not under extra pressure this season
Aug 12 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Guardiola says the current squad are "young and will stay for the future".
Ederson Moraes insists he's unperturbed by his status as the most expensive goalkeeper in history following his move to Manchester City earlier this summer.
However, City, who start their Premier League campaign at promoted Brighton on Saturday, always meant to give Guardiola time to reload and a pre-season spree has put him in position to get it right this time.
"It´s going to be tough, very tough".
Now the assistant manager at League One side Chesterfield, the 45-year-old was a long-serving employee at City and worked as part of the academy setup overseen by Jim Cassell. We were not able with those players to find a solution. "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".
Leroy Sane believes his career progression is like something out of a movie, having thrived in his first Premier League campaign with Manchester City last season.
Unlike last season, City should be expected to line-up with as many formations as you may think especially now that Pep finally has very good squad depth going forward. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.
"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well".
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"Then I became a starter at Schalke, played my first worldwide game and also took part in the European Championships".
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton on Manchester City: "They've been outstanding in pre-season, and if we're looking at a team gelling and showing the quality that they have, they have definitely shown that already".
The Seagulls have won just one of their last five opening fixtures to a league season (D1 L3). "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".
In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs. "We will maybe change one important player". Guardiola's team should win - but Chris Hughton's men will still be riding the crest of the promotion wave and they will make it hard for their opposition in their first ever game in the Premier League. "Sooner or later it's going to finish", he said. I think we´re in for plenty of goals and a decent City win. It may become more of a pressing issue if the manager continues to play a 3-5-2 set-up - with only the much-maligned Eliaquim Mangala left as a senior option, if Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones continue alongside the captain.
"The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated".
The time to prepare both mentally and physically between games is often nonexistent and you are frequently playing with knocks, strains and fatigue due to the sheer volume of matches. With him organising the defence in the final weeks of Guardiola's first campaign and throughout the preseason tour of the United States, City have looked far more like a balanced outfit.