Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

But the Catalan still noted areas for improvement as City look to deliver silverware for Guardiola in his second season.

After a frustrating first half, which highlighted City's failures up front from last season, change was always going to come, and the breakthrough arrived within minutes of the introduction of Leroy Sane in the 68th minute. "But we've got quality in the team and eventually it made the difference. Manchester City are many pundits" favourites for the title this year.

"We're here to win games and we won the first one - but it's just the first one", he said. That won't matter too much, as they now have Premier League football to enjoy. I think they have bought well.

Vincent Kompany starts at the back along with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi while Danilo also makes his debut after joining the club this summer.

"The market is going insane and the quicker you can get your business done and get away from the manic insane stuff, the better it is".

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"We had chances in the first minutes". You don't see a player in my team who didn't run, and I'm proud of that.

Pep Guardiola faces his first match of the new season against newly promoted Seagulls at the Amex Stadium on the south coast.

"The way they can do it, because they have got all the money but it is still going to be interested to see how it pans out". "Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City - we are a strong club".

"It's to try to put them in a better position to win the title".

"But what the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City can do, they can do that and good luck to them". That's where I had a problem with it.

"There's only one way a team like ourselves can play against them, and that's to keep it tight and frustrate them".

"In the next three, four years Manchester City will buy one, two maybe three players but not going to buy what happened this season".

Guardiola plumped for a 3-5-2 system, with Aguero and Gabriel Jesus paired in attack, while Kyle Walker and Danilo provided wide support from wing-back.