Guardiola: Man City to rein in spending after record outlay

Guardiola: Man City to rein in spending after record outlay

The Etihad club finished third last season, 15 points behind winners Chelsea.

The 20-year-old Chelsea striker is ready for the next stage of his career after scoring 26 goals while on loan at Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

"If you see in the first games [last season] against Sunderland and especially against Steaua Bucharest, between last season and now, it's completely the same".

Most of their players haven't got the required experience at this level.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola claimed it was necessary to reinvigorate City's ageing squad but he will only seek to add one or two new faces in forthcoming seasons. No excuses will be accepted by success-hungry fans - silverware is now expected.

Swansea, meanwhile, did well to stay up under Paul Clement but need to sort out a squad that is temporarily without forward Fernando Llorente and looks nearly certain to lose Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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An inability to break down weaker sides at Old Trafford and a failure to take chances were a huge frustration for Jose Mourinho.

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City also look stronger on paper.

The Spainish tactician will be unable to call upon summer signing Benjamin Mendy.

With Sergio Aguero and Brazilian Gabriel Jesus the options for central striker and the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and new arrival Bernardo Silva to choose from as attacking midfielders, City have little choice but to attack.

In contrast, the London clubs have been relatively quiet in the transfer market, apparently adopting the approach of not trying to fix what isn't broken.

Manchester City is coming off impressive pre-season wins over Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur and would look forward to continuing their winning form.

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had", he explained.

"If they stay there this year, the confidence they will get from that". Time for Pies to wade into the mire with a great big clanging sack full of Premier League predictions for the inbound 2017/18 campaign. Arsenal's biggest decision of the summer was opting to stick with manager Arsene Wenger and he has, so far, managed to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the club.

The same opponents - and hot favourites for the Premier League title under Pep Guardiola - return south today (5.30pm) to the sold-out Amex with Hughton urging his troops to embrace the 38 tests facing them to achieve the goal this season of survival. In purely playing terms, Cole is arguably the best left-back England has ever produced, and at his peak was undeniably world-class.

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