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"We didn't buy full-backs for five, six years", said Guardiola.

"This division is far tougher and we'll certainly need all of the experienced heads around us".

Pascal Gross has urged Albion to keep their wits about them for 90 minutes and beyond against Manchester City.

Signed for £11 million from Charlton Athletic just eight months ago, the 19-year-old winger quickly caught the eye at Everton with some scintillating displays in his eight league appearances last season.

"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible". City have the spending power and seem to be able to attract the names they want, which their rivals - even their illustrious neighbours United - look at with envy.

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The addition of Busquets would provide an extra level of protection for City's back line not provided by the likes of Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan or Yaya Toure.

"We bought three and the market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City". He was a brilliant midfielder and [City coach] Mikel Arteta as well, and those two have helped me a lot and given me a lot of confidence.

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City have spent around £200 million (RM1.11 billion) to strengthen their squad in the close-season with other title contenders including Chelsea and Manchester United also spending heavily to bolster their teams.

Because the Dream Team game - the UK's biggest fantasy football game - is back and better than ever this season. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". We are here to win the games and titles. "I believe he can do well in the Premier League", Clement said.

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".

Diame had to choose between Premier League football with Hull - and another season in the Championship with Newcastle United.

I think we're in for plenty of goals and a decent City win. Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. They recently signed full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy to shore up their defense, which was their weakest area last season.

"Guardiola has given the distinct impression that he is not wildly impressed with English football culture, nearly an air of disdain at times, and behind the scenes City have seen him be intense, irritable and demanding", says Matt Dickinson of The Times.

There is nothing to say that City are done in this transfer window - and you also know that if needs be, in January, City can and will spend money if they need further players to push their Premier League charge. Bernardo Silva will give us options in midfield and Ederson looks like a confident goalkeeper.