Many clubs will be looking to make a splash this season after a summer of shocking spending during which transfer records were smashed. Who's going to do well, who isn't and who's just going to do nothing? The English Premier League begins on Friday night with Arsenal taking on Leicester City.
"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we made a decision to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", Guardiola said during his pre-match conference on Friday. With Manchester City first up, Manchester United then Liverpool in the final two games of the season and the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in between, "tough" seems to be an understatement. With numerous gameplay modes, real players, an optional tablet interface, and full support for physical gamepads, this title is one of the best football games now available on the Google Play Store.
In an off-season that has seen more than £1 billion (S$1.77 billion) invested in players, Mancunian rivals City and United have accounted for more than a third of that spending. The defending was their weak point a year ago, especially in goal, and at times it seemed as if Pep Guardiola was wondering what he had walked into.
"If they want to get something here, then they have to show their quality".
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"And, in some ways, I'm glad it's not the Premier League holding that particular record".
"We know better, I know better and they know me better".
Let's not forget of course, that this season is somewhat shortened due to the World Cup. Depth will be more important than ever. "Kyle is so energetic, Mendy is such an energetic player, and Danilo too".
That may result in a similar outcome to what happened however.
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Giroud's compatriot Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal in just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level for the Foxes less than three minutes later.
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"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season".
Jamie Vardy then capitalised on bad defending to twice put the Foxes ahead either side of Danny Welbeck's equaliser before Arsene Wenger sent for the cavalry.
The 21-year-old winger is also a full Germany global and was part of his country's squad at EURO 2016, although he missed the FIFA Confederations Cup through injury, and Sane says his rapid development makes him feel like he is in a film.
There are weaknesses with all of them, whether it's in attack or defence, and quite frankly, a lot of them are much of a muchness. "The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time".
"I scored a goal in that game against Venezuela and it was the first time that I celebrated with a gesture for my mother".
There may well be a couple of sides, however, that aren't among the newly promoted that may struggle.
City have been installed as Sky Bet's 7/4 favourites for the title followed by champions Chelsea alongside Manchester United at 7/2 apiece, while Burnley join the top-flight's new boys as the relegation favourites.