Guardiola unmoved by Manchester City favourite tag


City's playing staff has undergone a massive overhaul over the last two summer transfer windows after Guardiola took over one of the oldest squads in Europe. It's sure to be a tight race but when we asked Chris Sutton to tell us who he thinks is going to miss out, he turned his attention to north London...

"Six players were out of contract".

Gundogan signed for City previous year for an estimated fee of £20m but has struggled with injuries during his time at the Etihad, making just 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.

"Of course we tried to buy good defenders to defend the duels, good situations".

"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it´s not impossible".

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable". Manchester City are many pundits´ favourites for the title this year. We were not able with those players to find a solution.

"Last season at my first press conference we were favourites, so nothing has changed", he added. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season. Our fans really get behind us and they're going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more.

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"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed". I´m going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.

"The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now".

Pep Guardiola will have been disappointed with his first season in England as it was his first season without a piece of silverware for the first time in his managerial career, and the Catalan has looked to rectify by breaking the bank with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy joining the cause thus far. "I like them as a club and I like Slaven Bilic so they will do better than they did last season". "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

"The big fail now takes one week in football". The pressure it's never a big problem.

"I'm honest in my job".

"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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