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Guardiola defends Manchester City's big spending

12 August 2017

If John Stones can develop more this season under Guardiola, and Kompany can avoid long term injuries, then City may have a more consistent defense for the upcoming season compared to last season.

Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Ederson have all arrived as City splashed out over £200 million.

He said: "Last season we were favourites too and finished 15 points behind and, from my experience as a manager, always in the beginning of the season, the new teams are the toughest ones". Our fans really get behind us and they're going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more.

While City are still open to offers for him, Guardiola is involving Mangala with the first-team squad and the France defender could yet stay at the club. "But the season that just happened wasn't just about what happened in our box".

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"I don't [think] there's extra pressure on me", he said.

Although many still believe Pep will continue with his beloved 4-3-3, the additional formation will give City some flexibility next season, and they can use it in big games to use the element of surprise, such as the Manchester Derby.

"The big fail now takes one week in football!". The second week the people want a new [manager] for the next games.

Gundogan made 16 appearances for City last season before suffering cruciate ligament damage in his knee last December.

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"So the situation is very clear and I'm happy to do this job, and I'm trying, no, I'm doing my best every day". If the club decides he is not able, we are going to take a solution. We have to deal with that and handle that.

"City are probably not going to know as much about us as we do about them".

"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.

Brighton won promotion to the Premier League through the automatic places last season, ending a 34 year run of football outside England's top flight. "I would like in three or four passes to score a goal, but sometimes it's not possible and you have to move them [the opposition] a little bit more, and because our strikers are not Peter Crouch, our strikers are completely different, they are not strong in the air".

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Guardiola defends Manchester City's big spending